team and head over to say g’day.
team and head over to say g’day.
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.
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!!
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 😉
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