Start your engines for Greazefest 2015
Cecile Blackmore | On 12, Jul 2015
Grab your petticoatÂ and set your pincurls – Greazefest is coming back to town this winter. We give you our picks for a weekend full of rock ‘n roll fun.
Greazefest has been sweeping Brisbane off its feet every winter for 16 years as a popup spectacular for lovers of everything 40s and 50s, seeing in over 15,000 fans last year with its’ branch out to a Melbourne venue – it’s earnt a reputation as “Christmas for the rockabilly subculture”.
From July 31 in Brisbane, Friday night will see the festival kick off with of the best rockabilly, psychobilly and hillbilly bands from Brisbane and around the globe, as well as a rock ‘n roll DJ and a tiki bar to set the dance party off ’til late.
Originally a Brisbane-only event, Greazefest will be repeating the success of last year’s branch out to Melbourne, with a new selection of Melbourne bands giving the lineup new energy.
â€œWe pride ourselvesÂ onÂ deliveringÂ theÂ highest standard of entertainment,Â andÂ this year we also have an amazing selection Â of Â local Â bands Â from Â both Â Brisbane and Melbourne that are being added to the bill and are sure to bring their ownÂ flavour toÂ the already strongÂ lineup,â€ says festival organiser Lori Lee Cash.
Notable showrunners include Sweden’s The Go Getters, delivering their own special brand of â€˜ass-kickinâ€™, blues-Âmarinated, high-Âoctane, mega-watt rockabilly boogie”, playing the festival Saturday nights, as well as New Zealand’s Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 with their cheeky, breathy, high-energy brand of rock ‘n roll.
Greazefest is also home to 150 market stalls on the Saturday and Sunday, with photographers, rockabilly barbers, dressmakers, vinyl record sellers and tattoo artists.
Find out how to customise the car of your dreams with Von Hot Rod workshops, all the way from California, as well as the Hot Rod Show displaying over 700 cars.
“…GreazeFest is a chance to get dressed to the nines and be surrounded by like-minded folk. People make such an effort with their appearance, and just like clockwork GreazeFest rolls around every August allowing plenty of time to plan, prepare and perfect their ensemble,” says rockabilly blogger and festival regular Sheri Bomb.
Being seen in your best threads is a must at Greazefest, and lovers of vintage style won’t be disappointed. Watch the most dedicated of fashionistas showcase their personal timeless look on the catwalk with Pinups on Parade, or see the best picks available at the markets exhibited onstage with Fashions of the Fest.
Tickets are available from the Greazefest website (see below) and some days are almost guaranteed to sell out – grab one online today.
What: Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival
When: Brisbane – Friday July 31 – Sunday 2 August
Melbourne – Friday August 7 – Sunday August 9
Where: Brisbane – Rocklea Showground, 1430 Ipswich Road (Service Road) corner of Goburra Street, Rocklea
Melbourne -Sandown Racecourse, 591 – 659 Â Princes Highway, Springvale
Cost: Friday nights – $25 advance, $30 on the door
Saturday day/night pass – $35 advance, $40 on the door
Saturday/Sunday day only pass – $25 advance, $30 on the door
Under 15s FREE Saturday/Sunday
All images courtesy of Greazefest 2015