Hor­sham to rock

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Front Page - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham will rekin­dle its his­toric love af­fair with Aus­tralian rock mu­sic when it hosts a marathon eight-hour out­door con­cert later this year.

A Mil­dura pro­mo­tion group, ded­i­cated to pre­sent­ing ma­jor mu­sic events in re­gional cen­tres, has pen­cilled in De­cem­ber 8 for the in­au­gu­ral Hor­sham Rock­fest.

Mil­dura En­ter­tain­ment’s David Storer said Hor­sham Sound­shell at Sawyer Park pro­vided the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for an event fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar and iconic Aus­tralian acts.

He con­firmed that live-per­for­mance spe­cial­ist Shan­non Noll would be Hor­sham Rock­fest’s head­line act and bands that had carved a niche in the Aus­tralian rock scene – The Choir­boys and Chan­toozies – were also part of the artist line-up.

He said he was wait­ing to con­firm another ma­jor act and ex­plor­ing a tra­di­tional op­tion of launch­ing the event with a Wim­mera band.

Mr Storer, also a mu­si­cian and with con­nec­tions to for­mer Wim­mera per­form­ers, said he had been scop­ing out Hor­sham for its po­ten­tial and had at­tended var­i­ous events.

“Coun­try towns don’t of­ten get an op­por­tu­nity to have these types of acts in their own back yard and that’s what we’re all about,” he said.

“I’ve been do­ing this in Mil­dura for four years and for the last two in Swan Hill and Bro­ken Hill as well.

“If we can get more than 1000 peo­ple from across the re­gion to the show, I can see no rea­son why we can’t do it again. We want to rock Hor­sham. Our shows are all about show­cas­ing rock mu­sic fea­tur­ing iconic Aus­tralian per­form­ers and bands.

“This isn’t just a cou­ple of ca­sual mu­sos get­ting up to per­form.

“It’s big bands, big sound sys­tems and a big light show. It’s the whole box and dice.

“These shows are loaded, sim­ply by na­ture, with Aussie an­thems and clas­sics that gen­er­ate enor­mous crowd par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Mr Storer said he had been de­lighted to se­cure award-win­ning singer-song­writer Noll for the event.

“Apart from be­ing the only Aus­tralian to have 10 con­sec­u­tive top-10 hits, he’s such a lar­rikin and such a fan­tas­tic live act,” he said.

He added the ad­di­tion of The Choir­boys and Chan­toozies guar­an­teed a great di­ver­sity in sets.

“Peo­ple will be amazed at just how many of their songs they not only recog­nise but love,” he said.

Hor­sham Rock­fest will run from 3pm to 11pm, rain or shine.

Mr Storer said he was fully aware of the his­tory of the pur­pose-built Hor­sham Sound­shell, cre­ated with con­sid­er­able in­put from Wim­mera mu­si­cians and the base for ev­ery­thing from Carols by Can­dle­light and coun­try mu­sic shows to New Year’s Eve rock con­certs.

“It’s per­fect for all types of en­ter­tain­ment and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing it full with a broad cross­sec­tion of pa­trons,” he said.

“We’ve sched­uled it specif­i­cally so peo­ple can make the most of Christ­mas party and al fresco VIP pack­ages we will soon an­nounce.

“There will be all sorts of op­por­tu­ni­ties to make it a great day out. There is enough space to en­joy how­ever you want.”

Hor­sham Rock­fest is part of a Rock­fest tour, which also in­cludes shows in Swan Hill and Bro­ken Hill.

Dur­ing the event or­gan­is­ers will raf­fle a gui­tar signed by per­form­ers and do­nate the money to a char­ity.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion will be $79.95 for the whole day and free of charge for chil­dren un­der 15.

Mr Storer said peo­ple should keep an eye out for more de­tails re­gard­ing Hor­sham Rock­fest from June 30.

He said Hor­sham peo­ple could make in­quiries by email­ing him at david@ mil­du­raen­ter­tain­ment.com or fol­low www.face­book.com/rock­fest­tour.

The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM are me­dia spon­sors of the event.

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