Cooly festival set to rock a revved up crowd

Gold Coast Rockers Sharon Warden and Ray Sparkes at Cooly Rocks On
Gold Coast Rockers Sharon Warden and Ray Sparkes at Cooly Rocks On John Gass

FANS of rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, classic cars, hot rods and the fashions of the '50s and '60s will flock to the southern Gold Coast and Tweed from June 3 to 13 for Cooly Rocks On, Australia's number one nostalgia festival.

For 11 action-packed days, the border towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads will be fuelled with party atmosphere.

Pre-1970 cars, nightly cruises, music, dancing and family fun are all trademarks of this annual, much-loved festival.

Last year, an amped-up crowd of more than 100,000 people attended Cooly Rocks On.

More than 50 rock 'n' roll and rockabilly bands will entertain the crowd at outdoor concerts, beachside marquee events and performances at local clubs and venues.

Cooly Rocks On is revving up to host the biggest and best car show this year with more than  1300 pre-1970 custom and classic cars and hot rods registered for the Shannon's Show'n'Shine car displays.

A spectacular and much-loved tradition of Cooly Rocks On, the street parade, will take place on Saturday, June 11.

The parade leaves Musgrave Street, Kirra, at 9.30am and continues along Marine Parade, Coolangatta. This year the two-kilometre procession of colour and fun will also travel along Griffith Street, allowing more vantage points in Coolangatta's two main streets.

During the grand finale weekend, June 11 and 12, the two main streets in Coolangatta will close to traffic to make way for a giant street party.

Five outdoor stages, music and dancing will fill the streets and almost every pub and club in the Cooly Rocks On precinct will be venues for live music and dancing.

New listings on the program are the Nostalgia Garage Pedal Car Show'n'Shine,  and the Cooly Rocks On Swap Meet.

For the full entertainment program for Cooly Rocks On, or to book for Cooly Rocks On shows, visit

Music and entertainment lovers on the Gold Coast are in for a treat over the next couple of months with the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, while lifestyle and sporting events include the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

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