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
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
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
As most of you will know, the Slydogz eventz calendar is now stocked with three major events each year (and we’re always looking for more, where we can go next).
One of our main philosophies is to bring amazing Australian music to regional Queensland, a part that very often misses out on the good stuff, unless there are people willing to bring it you.
This is where Slydogz comes in.
Already this year we’ve been to Rockhampton on April 30 for Rocky Rocks. It was our very first event in that beautiful city and we’re already organising our return in 2017, where things will be bigger and better than ever. Word travels fast in the bush and judging by the amount of wonderful and positive feedback after Rocky Rocks we have no doubt you won’t want to miss it next year.
Next up, we’ll be hitting the road again to Charters Towers for Towers Rocks on September 2, 3 & 4. Our first foray into northern Queensland taught us a lot, but the main thing we learnt is people are screaming out for us to come back and do it again. So that’s exactly what we’re doing and we can’t wait. Three days of camping, music, great food and drink and memories that will last a lifetime. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Then on November 11, 12 & 13, our flagship event, Stanthorpe Rocks. Where it all started in 2013. Last year was huge with a killer line-up and the amazing super tent, which sheltered everyone when one of those unpredictable Ballandean storms popped in for a look. Super tent, super screen, superstars…why would you miss it?!
That’s what’s coming up. Buy your tickets now!!
Towers Rocks 2016 – Click Here to Buy Tickets Now
Stanthorpe Rocks 2016 – Click Here to Buy Tickets Now
Rocky Rocks 2017 – Click Here to Buy Tickets Now
Until next time, JC the Slydogz Newshound…
It’s not just about the music, it’s about the experience! That is precisely what Slydogz is all about. When you come to Slydogz event, we want you to leave having had the best possible experience. We love our music, we love having a good time and we think it shows in the way our events are run. Everything is thought of, every i dotted and every t crossed, so you have the best time possible. Music, comfort, food, drink, shade, shelter, merchandise, even the chance to meet your musical idols. You don’t get that every day!
In this new series of blogs, we will take you on a journey through the Slydogz experience. The quintessential who, when, where, why, and what. Everything you need to know about each and every Slydogz event. Why we do what we do and how we do what we do. From ticketing to the international food village to looking after yourself on the day. Running a major music festival is a big job and a lot goes on that you, the concert-goer may not even realise. This blog series will give you the tips and tricks for having the ultimate experience as well as give you a little insight into what makes the Slydogz Eventz team tick, or bark as it were. Welcome to the Slydogz experience – stay tuned!