Stanthorpe Rocks is less than a month away!

Yes, you read that right.

The biggest show on the Granite Belt is less than a month away, and it’s going to be huge!!

It’s a new and completely different lineup this year and we are so excited.

You should be too. If you’ve got tickets, you must be jumping up and down with excitement.

If you don’t have tickets, then you need to get some fast!

Come on…the Hoodoo Gurus rockin’ the vineyard on Saturday night!! You’d be bleedin’ mad to miss that!

The Black Sorrows, Spy VS Spy, Stylus, Adam Brand, The Koffin Rockers, The Badloves, Peter Cupples, Last Days and Sleeping Dogs!


What a line-up! What a huge weekend it’s going to be.

And forget paying through the nose like you might at other 2 or 3 day festivals around the country.

A general admission ticket for the whole weekend is only going to set you back $139 plus fees and charges. That my friends, is a bargain at twice the price!

The smart people will be camping, stay Friday night, party with the Slydogz crew, then wake up fresh on Saturday and party all day, then a quick stumble back to the campground to get ready to do it all again on Sunday. Smart. SMRT.

Stanthorpe Rocks was the first, the original and is the flagship Slydogz event.

It will rock your socks off!

– JC The Newshound.



The Majesty of Rock, The Ministry of Roll

Stanthorpe Rocks, Towers Rocks, Rocky Rocks….there’s one common denominator here.

They all do the same thing….rock.

But what is rock?

Due to an illness with The Sports guitarist, a quick change to the line up had to happen for the upcoming Stanthorpe Rocks concert.

The replacement has got tongues wagging a little.

Adam Brand? Isn’t he country? Isn’t this supposed to be a rock concert?

Well, that’s where it gets interesting.

Some would put Russell Morris in the blues category, maybe even the Black Sorrows, and wait, isn’t “Harley and Rose” kinda country folky?

When I was growing up Jenny Morris and Darryl Braithwaite were pop stars. And Leo Sayer?!! He’s about as rock as a cup of herbal tea.

But they’ve all rocked Stanthorpe.

The word country makes me think of Slim Dusty or Dolly Parton.

Adam Brand isn’t country, he’s country rock.

The Eagles? Creedence Clearwater Revival? Country? No, country rock. Keith Urban. Country rock.

We live in a country that loves its rock music, hard rock, soft rock, punk rock, pop rock, blues rock and yes, country rock.

Adam Brand is going to fit right in, because the term rock is so broad it covers anyone who makes us want to party, shake the booty and have a good time, and he takes to the Stanthorpe Rocks stage in a month’s time you’re going to want to do all of those things.

Get ready to rock Stanthorpe!!


Planning Part 3 – What to wear

rDL8A1505.jpgIf you’re anything like me, you’ll probably sort this out the night before the event and go through 17 different outfit ensembles before you decide on the ONE.
Then in the morning you’ll change it again.
However you go about it, and whether you’re a man or a woman, the Golden Rule is the same.
Fashion is great and you can dress up to the nines, we certainly encourage that, just please make sure you’re comfortable. Warm if it gets cold. Dry if it gets wet. Cool if it gets hot.
This comfort rule is especially important when it comes to footwear.
From the time you arrive at one of our events to the time you leave, is usually about 10 hours minimum, so wear shoes that will get you through that. For a start, the festival site is large, it has to be to accommodate all the awesome stuff we put into it. The food village is a bit of a stroll away as are the toilets, so again, dress for comfort or you will end up with sore feet and tired legs, and this will detract from your experience.
If it’s going to rain, it’s going to be muddy, take that into consideration as well.
So, high heels and thongs should not be on your list.
Here it is again
the Golden Rule
JC The Newshound.

It’s Event Time!

Well it’s crept up on us mighty fast, but we are 2 days away from Towers Rocks.

A couple of our team have already arrived to start getting the venue at Bivouac Junction, outside of Charters Towers, ready for the big weekend ahead.

There’s a festival layout to finalise, fences and gates to go up, a truckload of tents and bars to put in place, all of the toilets and sanitary facilities and of course the huge stage setup.


It’s a big job and the early birds up at the site this week will have a big job on their hands.

Then on Friday, the rest of the Slydogz Eventz crew will arrive.

Some will fly in from Melbourne and the rest from South East Queensland.

The Slydogz Eventz crew is made up of friends and family of Sly and Sandy (the Top Dogz) and have been working together at the various festivals now for about three years, so you can rest assured this team has an absolute blast when they leave their “normal” lives and become a rock festival crew for a weekend.

(Sly was a chef in a past life, so three or four of the crew are top chefs, which means the crew eats very well. Very, very well. They also a like a drink too, the after-party is something to look forward to after months of planning and a huge weekend of hard work.)

Friday afternoon will start with a briefing session once everyone has arrived and settled in to the crew mini tent city and then it’s to work until the venue is almost ready to go.


Then we’ll open the gates on Friday evening for the campers pre-party.

Then Saturday morning, breakfast at 7am, another pre-event briefing and then before the gates open it’s go-go-go!!

The crew gets to work; stocking cold-rooms with alcohol and drinks, getting the bars ready to go, putting up hundreds of signs and information and much, much more.

Then when the crowds arrive, the crew is on! Due to having several festivals already under their belts, the guys are like a finely tuned Swiss watch these days, so things are expected to run very smoothly and generally do. A lot of time and effort goes into the organisation of these events and everything is sorted out down to the last.

Then the bands and the fun starts. Thousands of drinks to sell and jobs to do keeps the crew on their toes for the entire day. Spare a thought for poor Roger (Festival MC) and his wife Michelle (Green Room Boss) who have to look after the rockstars all day. Hobnobbing and hanging with Australian music royalty. Sounds tough doesn’t it?! Well it can be…if someone doesn’t like brown M&Ms or only want a certain brand of Tequila. These rock stars are used to the best and that’s why they’ve got Rog and Mich to make it all happen for them.

Then, when it’s all done around midnight, there’s time for a few cold drinks for the crew before another 7am start and they do it all again.

Sunday the crew does it all again and then it’s time to relax and enjoy the fruits of all the hard work.

Once the crowds have gone and the music has stopped, the crew has a well-earned feed and a bit of a party to celebrate a job well done.

Monday morning is set aside to dismantle as much of the festival site before the crew needs to get back to Townsville for their flights back to civilisation and that “normal” life.

Stay tuned next week for a full wrap and all the goss from Towers Rocks!!

And come and say g’day if you’re coming along…I’m the Ned Kelly lookalike who generally hangs around near a bar somewhere.

JC the Newshound😉



Planning Part 2 – Be Prepared

As the event draws nearer, make sure you have gone through all the dos and don’ts on our website and ensure you’re thoroughly prepared.

If you’ve misplaced or lost your tickets, give us a call and we’ll resend them to you. Nothing worse than a last minute panic, so make sure these are somewhere you can locate them easily.

Check the weather, especially if you’re camping, plan for wet weather, hot weather, cold weather, thunderstorms…this is Australia, anything can happen. As we found out at Stanthorpe Rocks in 2015 when a massive thunder and lightning show rolled in at about 3pm. For some reason historically, rain, mud and large music concerts seem to go together.

Stanthorpe can be cold, Charters Towers will be hot, but make sure you’ve checked what the weather is going to do. Forecasts aren’t always right of course, but don’t rock up without having at least checked what the experts say.

It’s a really good idea to make sure you have clothing ready, a raincoat should it rain or a jacket if it gets chilly.

There’s nothing worse than not enjoying a Slydogz event because you weren’t prepared.

BE PREPARED. Like a boy scout.

Til next time, Slydogz Newshound – JC


Stanthorpe Rocks - Campground


So, you’ve got your tickets and the excitement begins to mount, what’s next?



Are you going to camp? Will you need accommodation? Will you be driving?

There is a lot to think about and it would be a really good idea to have a good look through this website and find out all you can about your event. The festival layout, when the bands are playing, what you’re allowed to bring into the festival and what you’re not. Check what food and drink will be available, find out how to get to the site and how to get home. All the important details are right here on the website.

There is a very comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions page as well as all our terms and conditions and if you have a good look over all of that stuff then you shouldn’t be surprised at the gate when we tell you your pet elephant must stay outside during the festival. For example.

Planning is paramount, especially in the lead-up to the event. What will you wear? What’s the weather going to be like? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration and we’ll cover them all right here in this blog.

Stay tuned for the next step in planning your Slydogz Festival Experience


– JC The Slydogz Newshound


First Things First

So you want to go to a Slydogz event?

Step 1: Buy your tickets

Easy right? No tickets = no music, no awesome Slydogz experience.

It really is easy!

Those more discerning Slydogz will be watching our website and Facebook page like a hawk, watching and waiting for those earlybird specials and ticket allocations.

The best time to buy your tickets for a Slydogz Event is usually while you’re in the middle of enjoying one. Without a doubt at Towers Rocks in September and again at Stanthorpe Rocks in November, then at Rocky Rocks next year, Sly himself will bound up onto the stage and offer massive savings on next year’s ticket prices if you buy straightaway. Keep your ears and eyes open for that one! Then in the weeks after each event make sure your eyes are glued to the Slydogz and event Facebook pages as he’ll probably do it again. Get in early and make huge savings, that’s the aim of the game!

Next and also terribly important. What tickets will you get? General Admission or something a bit fancy like Reserved Seats with the deluxe Sly’s Hideaway? Make sure you factor all this stuff in.


Otherwise, if this is your first time, don’t worry, we’ll be gentle. Go straight to the event page you’re interested in and grab your tickets there. It’s all very safe and secure, no need for concerns about privacy and when it’s done your tickets will be emailed directly to you.

If you struggled enough just to find this blog and read it, let alone blindly submit to these scary new technologies then you can always call on 07 4681 4150 and we’ll walk you through it or do it for you.

Excellent, now you’ve got your tickets….time to plan. See you next week!

– Slydogz Newshound, JC