And that’s a wrap! We hereby declare the first ever Redlands Rockabilly Revival a smash hit!
Despite some early rain, the sun came out and over 4500 people rolled up to enjoy what was a sensational day with a ‘wish-we-could-bottle-it’ vibe.
The huge concert space became the place to hang out, where people could dance and enjoy the sounds from a tip of the top selection of bands including The ERT Trio, Lovejoy Surf, DJ Leapin' Lawrie, Twang, Rusty Pinto with Shotdown from Sugartown, plus the sensational Bellfuries from the USA.
The Pinup Parade drew a huge crowd to the stage to see our 15 pinup finalists strut their stuff on stage. Big thanks to parade Mistresses of Ceremonies, Miss Chrissy of the Lindy Charm School and Madeleine Mayhem for overseeing a stunning parade. Of our fifteen finalists, two pinups, Miss Harlem Tale and Miss Rockabilly Tam, were chosen to receive our fun prize packs, which were filled with goodies from Lindy Charm School, Western Wac, Lori Lee and GreazeFest.
The Top Ten trophies for in the hot rod displays were:
1938 Pontiac by David Webb
1953 Studebaker by David Lucas
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air by Greg Sullivan
1937 Ford Pickup by Tony Gibbs
1964 Chrysler New Yorker by Laurie Williams
1969 VF Valiant by Gary Iwhn
1965 Buick Riviera by Kym Tennant
1934 Ford Tudor by Malcolm Shelley
1960 Buick LaSabre by Selena Cottam
1961 Morris Minor by Kelli Caldwell
The hot rod displays had to be split into two sections to meet a ‘no car movement on the main oval’ public safety requirement at the Showgrounds, which meant that the 150 cars and drivers who braved the weather to show and shine were parked in two separate display areas. Once the sun came out, the cars were bright and glistening and both displays were well attended by the viewing public.
On the main oval were many market sellers who presented their cool collections of rockabilly gear and all sorts of temptations and goodies to take home.
The Kustom Art Display put together by Danielle Mann of Black Lagoon Designs showed off an inspiring collection of works by many talented custom artists.
The Rockabilly Revival also included complimentary entry into the Redlands Museum and hundreds of visitors walked through their doors to take in and experience their huge showcase of historic displays.
Our event team has been working in top gear for the past four months to present this event to the public. The addition of the intermittent showers leading up to the day, made staging this event an even greater challenge.
Regardless of the tricky weather, the attendance and the smiles and all the wonderful feedback means that the Rockabilly Revival was a big success and we will definitely be coming back again next year.
Now that we have demonstrated the standard of our event procedures and the quality of our event presentation to the Redland City Council, they have promised to adjust the ‘no movement’ rule at our next event, so we can include all show cars and bikes into the one display area, which will make the hot rod access easier and the display bigger.
Big thanks to the team at Redland City Council for inviting our kustom kulture crowd into their district and supporting a large-scale rockabilly and hot rod event. Thank you to the hot rod drivers, the bands, the vendors, the foodies and the artists for being involved. I personally thank our Robot Productions team, including BJ, Teresa, Kylie, Brendan, Garry, and our team of 40 or more wonderful event employees.
Most of all thank you to everyone who came along to the Redlands Rockabilly Revival and helped secure this day as an annual event on the Queensland calendar.
Catch you soon,
Lori Lee @ Robot Productions
Robot Productions and the Redland City Council are pleased to announce the inaugural Redlands Rockabilly Revival, which is set to roll into the Cleveland Showgrounds on Sunday March 13, 2016.
The Rockabilly Revival will buzzing with cool hot rods, live bands and djs, market stalls, kustom art displays, pinup parades, kids rides, delicious food and much more for all people to enjoy.
Cleveland Showgrounds is a perfect setting for this big rockabilly day out. The venue boasts sprawling grassy fields for hundreds of hot rods, which will be corralled by a huge range of vintage and retro market stalls. A gourmet food village with plenty of seating and shade will sit adjacent to the showground plaza, which will house a huge concert area featuring an international line up of rockin’ bands and plenty of room for dancing.
Headlining the Rockabilly Revival will be The Bellfuries from Austin Texas who will be presenting their sensational new release “Workingman’s Bellfuries”. The Bellfuries are one of most important and highly revered rockabilly bands in the world today. Their songs combine heartfelt lyrics and virtuosic vocals with bright and catchy melodies, with nods to both Hank Williams and The Beatles.
"The Bellfuries are one-of-a-kind. What they do is so original it's like a breath of fresh air after a hard rain." …Deke Dickerson
Australian bands playing on the day will be Rusty Pinto with Shotdown from Sugartown, Lovejoy Surf, A Band Called Twang, The ERT Trio and DJ Leapin’ Lawrie. Read more about the Bands on the What's On page.
The Rockabilly Revival will feature a spectacular Pinup Parade, where entrants can show off their finest pinup outfits and go in the running for sensational prizes.
Kustom artists will also be featured in a special display at the Rockabilly Revival, where local artists can display their paintings, pinstriping, photography, tiki carving, sculpture and more.
Tickets for the Rockabilly Revival are just $10 at the door.