Festival date for 2019 avoids local clash

Gee Bees Media

Organisers of Camperdown’s Rock the Clock festival have moved quickly to avoid another date clash with the Cobden Spring Festival in 2019.

Just a week after their successful 2018 event wrapped up, the organising committee voted at Monday night’s debrief to hold Rock the Clock 2019 one week later – from October 24-27.

Rock the Clock 2019 Dates Set

Organising committee member Glen Bernoth said discussions had already taken place with representatives of the Cobden Spring Festival committee to find ways that both events can work together to deliver two bumper weekends for the local community.

“A number of things conspired against us this year including other festivals and events further afield that would have decimated the number of people who travelled to Rock the Clock had it fallen the following weekend,” he said.

“While some of that pressure remains from other events across the state, we were determined to avoid another clash with Cobden and will begin marketing immediately to make sure we’re the festival of choice for rockabilly lovers on the last weekend in October.

“We had hundreds of people travel from right across the state as well as South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland for this years event.”

Mr Bernoth said Rock the Clock turned over $50,000 this year, contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the shire economy and the committee was keen to grow it more.

“We’re a committee of 12, everyone’s still pretty exhausted and without the support of the shire and our local businesses who sponsor the event it simply wouldn’t be possible,” he said.

“With two festivals under our belts we’re ready to ramp it up further and look forward to working with Corangamite Shire to have Rock the Clock recognised with Hallmark Event status and support.

“We doubled the program this year and broke even financially, which was a good result and consolidated on last year’s inaugural success. Early bird tickets are already available on our website (www.rocktheclock.com.au/tickets) for 2019, so people can show their support now and save themselves some money.”

Cobden Spring Festival coordinator Bec Huth said the committee was pleased the clash was a one off and looked forward to working with Rock the Clock organisers to maximise both events.

“Rock the Clock has offered to put on a band as part of the Cobden Spring Festival which would be great for us and give people a taste of what’s on offer in Camperdown the following weekend, so we’re keen to explore that option over the next few months,” she said.

“We had a great crowd this year and neither event was particularly lucky with the weather. By working collaboratively in 2019 I’m sure both events will benefit by running on separate weekends.

“Our debrief is next week, so this is great news for our committee to start its 2019 planning with.”