Gee Bees Media

Camperdown’s second annual Rock the Clock festival will build on last year’s maiden success, with more bands, more days and more rockabilly fun.

The organising committee this week announced the first 12 bands confirmed for the 2018 festival, which will run from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday 21.

Rock the Clock 2018 A Band Called Twang

The official go-ahead follows last month’s funding by Corangamite Shire as part of its new Events and Festivals Grant Program. The Council’s allocation of $5000, plus $7000 in-kind for venue hire and other shire services was the green light organisers were waiting for.

Event coordinators Angela Preiss and Liza Fahey said early bird discounted tickets were now available on the Rock the Clock website.

“Our hard-working committee has been meeting regularly for many months and we’ve planned another fantastic festival, but the Council’s support was a really important milestone for us and now we’re really excited to start spreading the word,” Ms Fahey said.

“We put our best foot forward to Council with our application and we’re all appreciative that the Councillors recognised Rock the Clock is only in its second year and that we’re working hard to turn it into a self-sustaining event for the town in years to come.”

Ms Preiss, who joined the committee this year, said musical director Peter Daffy had done another wonderful job securing quality bands from across Australia for the 2018 festival.

“We’re very proud to announce A Band Called Twang is coming from Queensland. They’re very well-known, are extremely talented and always put on a great show,” she said.

“A number of bands are back for their second year, including the The Rechords, The Rockin’ Tones and Johnny Cash tribute band Mick Coates and the Allnightlongers.

“We’re also rapt to secure Zydeco Jump, Coral Lee from New South Wales, The Fender Benders, The Fuelers from the ACT, Cadillac Drifters, Shane Magro Combo, The Ladybugs and of course our very own Pete Daffy and Torque Flite.”

Ms Fahey said the festival would get underway with A Band Called Twang at the Parish Hall in Church Street at 8pm on Thursday the 18th.

“The full program will be available in coming weeks, but the Friday night will be busy with bands in the pubs, the theatre, old stadium and a drive-in movie again at the showgrounds,” she said.

“Saturday will be pretty similar to last year’s success, with free community entertainment on the town square, the market in the avenue, Miss Rock the Clock, hundreds of collectible cars and bikes will be on display, The Hive will be up and going, there’ll be dance lessons on offer and Dorothy Nicol’s amazing fashion show will be back.

“Then in the evening, the pubs, theatre and old stadium will again showcase our amazing bands. It’s going to be huge.”

Ms Fahay said the committee was excited to offer a full program on the Sunday this year.

“We would have liked to do that last year, but being our first year with limited finances and resources it was a risk we couldn’t take. So, it’s great that the main street will come alive again on the Sunday this year with the market, music, cars, bikes and fashion,” she said.

The 2018 Rock the Clock festival will again be auspiced by Tuniversal and Camperdown NextGen.

Everyone is encouraged to visit www.rocktheclock.com.au and follow the ‘tickets’ link where early bird individual festival passes are available for $40 and family festival passes for $80. These prices will increase to $50 and $100 respectively on August 1.

“We’re urging people to buy their festival passes as soon as possible to gain access to all the indoor music events, across a number of venues, as well as the rock and roll room, drive-in, The Hive and fashion show.”

To buy your festival pass now please click here.