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Rockabilly Meltdown 2012

Posted by [email protected] on December 25, 2018 at 10:10 PM

2012 Melbourne Rockabilly Meltdown - Ferntree Gully Hotel 19-20 May

Another top weekend!!! The Melbourne Rockabilly Meltdown Weekend - it's got everything that any cool Kat or Kitten (or Rabs and Billies) want with a truckload of rockin' bands, lots of dancin' & drinkin', 1950's style fashion & competition, tatts galore, hotrods & Kustoms, merchandise paradise and even a PGR rated burlesque display that some would passionately argue as a perfectly valid reason to showcase our rockabilly counter culture - a lifestyle and phenomenon that is loaded with pride and attitude.

The rockabilly party started on Friday night at Lucky 13 Garage with 4 bands (Hank's Jalopy Demons, Lowriders, Flyin' Saucers and Benny & the Flybyniters) and continued on to Saturday night with debut performances from the Whiteliners (Sydney) and the Continentals (Perth) and well supported by local Melbourne rockabilly maestro, the Atomic Hi Tones. And then the BIG one - climaxing at the Ferntree Gully hotel with an all day and night extravangaza. Nine (9) top bands playing non stop music, tons of hotrods & Kustoms on display in the car park outside, merchandise stores, tatts & 1950's style fashion competitions and a parade of cool kats and kittens dancin' up a storm just like the early Rock "n" Roll years. Surely, the Melbourne Rockabilly Meltdown is becoming an institution for all things rockabilly and, deservedly so, gaining a nation wide repute for those wanting to experience live rockabilly music, culture and fashion. No wonder we seem to be getting just about a plane load of interstate visitors from Brisbane, Sydney and Perth and from the other smaller states as well attending the Meltdown. 

Music wise, it just can't get any better, can it?. Bands from inter-states and a good old re-union of the many popular Melbourne bands under the one roof, for the first time after many years. It was very heartening to see and experience. Well done to the Jollys - arguably, our local Melbourne rockabilly promotion supremo. You guys have done it again! So looking forward to the next one in 2013.

Melbourne Rockabilly Meltdown - Monash Hotel.

Last night at the Monash hotel was the second leg of the Melbourne Rockabilly Meltdown weekend after the opening night at Lucky 13 Garage with 4 bands playing. From all reports, it was a fantastic night of rockin' and rollin' with local Victorian based "Rabs & Billies" almost swamped by a large contingent of rockabilly invaders from Queensland and some from Perth.

They were all there again partying at the Monash hotel last night with the Atomic Hi Tones firing up the mood with their own distinctive style of rockabilly much loved by many in Melbourne and also when performing inter-states. This was followed by the recently reformed " the Whiteliners" from NSW (supported by Doghouse Dave on double base) that really got the crowd excited and baying for more with their brand of Southern rockabilly mixed with Western Swing & Hillbilly.

Perth band, the Continentals, finished the night with the last set and kept the party mood going to the end. These guys with their debut performance in Melbourne didn't disappoint the rockabilly faithfuls with a polished performance & now we know why they love this band playing regularly at the Mustang Bar over in Perth.

And today, the big one at the Ferntree Gully hotel with hot rods & Kustoms display, tatts comp, merchandise stores of all varieties, 9 bands performing and lots of dancin' all day .......see you there!

Jitterbug (Paul Wan) copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

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