READY TO ROCK: Carla Thomas and Nathen Coles of the Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast are keen to party.
READY TO ROCK: Carla Thomas and Nathen Coles of the Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast are keen to party. Patrick Woods

Palmwoods to do the Time Warp again

THE usually sleepy little town of Palmwoods will roar with rockabilly, hot rods and motorbikes next month.

Come April 29, the streets will be awash with live music, pre-1970s cars, pin-up girls and more for the third annual Time Warp festival.

Organisers Ben Jamieson and Greta Cole, who were the driving force behind the first festival in 2015, officially launched the event yester- day alongside councillors Jenny McKay and Jason O'Pray.

As co-owner of Rick's Garage, Mr Jamieson said the original idea was to draw people into the hinterland town and give the local economy a boost .

"One thing we decided against when we first started was offering any- thing that would conflict with local businesses," he said. "We really just wanted to showcase what the local cafes and restaurants were providing and give them an opportunity to promote themselves to the crowds."

Last year, the festival drew 7000 visitors and Mr Jamieson said between 10,000-12,000 were expected this year.

"It's an event which has been growing at such a rapid rate," he said. "That's 7000 people who wouldn't ordinarily be coming to Palmwoods on a Saturday."

Local women were also invited to take part in the Miss Time Warp pin-up competition, where Mr Jamieson said they selected the face of next year's festival.

Cr McKay said council was proud to sponsor the iconic festival this year.

"Events like the Time Warp Festival and the new town square in Main Street are further transforming Palmwoods into a highly vibrant village," she said.

Mr Jamieson said all funds raised from the festival's entry cost was donated back into the community.

"Often areas in the hinterland get a little bit forgotten, so seeing the proceeds being injected back into (Palmwoods) is really exciting as well," he said.

The festival will feature eight bands, five tattooists, 20 market stalls and more than 300 motorbikes and cars.

For more information, you can visit www.timewarpfestival.com.au.


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