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6 things you must experience at Cooly Rocks On

Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)
Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)

When it comes to having a reputable and fun-filled events calendar, the Gold Coast certainly packs a lot of punch for its size. We have everything from film festivals, world-class surfing competitions to V8 Supercars ripping through our streets, and a whole lot more we simply can’t go on about listing here. And thanks to our mild and agreeable climate, these are nicely spread out across the year too — that’s Queensland living for you!

With a much-disrupted events calendar last year (due to you know what), there were many happenings that, well, didn’t go ahead. One of the most sorely missed was, without a doubt, the annual Cooly Rocks On Festival. But be sad no more as this rockabilly, classic car and swinging music-infused 5-day street party is back with a bang! The schedule looks bigger and better than ever and promises to dazzle and entertain everyone from the smallest ones right on up to the older ones who can remember the 1950s!

The Festival gets things rolling on Wednesday 9th June and pushes through to Sunday 13th June, giving you five days to head on down to our most southerly suburb and enjoy the fun and nostalgia of yesteryear. As there is so much to see and do, we’ve assembled our pick of the six things you cannot miss; in addtion to the 600+ cars from the 50s, 60s & 70s era (including classics, customs, hot rods and muscle cars) that will line the streets of Coolangatta over the weekend.

Miss Rockabilly
If you’re a fan of fashion and style, be sure you catch this competition. Watch eight finalists compete for the coveted crown of Miss Rockabilly 2021 in this annual festival highlight at The Coolangatta Hotel. There will be glamour and elegance galore as the ladies compete for the audience’s love through three different categories: daywear, evening wear and express the uniqueness of you. After a winner is crowned, the party has only just started! Feature band Pete Cullen & The Hurt will provide rocking melodies so you can continue to swing the night away.
Where: Coolangatta Hotel
When: 7pm Thursday 10 June

Swing Dancers at one of the Dance Workshops at Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)
Swing Dancers at one of the Dance Workshops at Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)

Harvest Moon Swing Ball
Think school disco/prom that your grandparents would of went to! The Harvest Moon Swing Ball celebrates the original swing era and is an exclusive event within the Festival. On the night, guests will arrive on the red carpet and enjoy some silver screen-style VIP treatment. The 1940s style party will feature Lucky Seven plus performances by Baartzy’s Brew, the perfect backdrop to mingle and make memories with friends old and new. So, pluck up the courage to ask your date out, pick them up on time, and be sure they won’t be home late!
Where: Elvis Marquee
When: 7pm Friday 11 June (ticketed event)

Indian Motorcycle Gathering
Whether you’re into motorcycles or not, you have to admit they are cool. Since 1901 Indian motorcycles have been making some of the most highly revered and classic styled motorcycles the world has ever seen. And now is your chance to see some of them up close! Join Indian Motorcycle Riders (IMR) and their impressive machines with head-turning polished chrome aplenty for three days of everything vintage motorcycle. For those with a love of things with two wheels, be sure to check out the hottest Indian Motorcycles on display, including the latest models hot off the factory floor, and their range of apparel for sale at the beachside Indian HQ.
Where: Coolangatta Beachfront
When: 12pm – 5pm Thursday 10 June, 9am – 5pm Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June

Cooly Rocks On 2021 (image supplied)
Cooly Rocks On 2021 (image supplied)

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
If you’re feeling a little shook up and a little unsure what to do, why not check out the talent and swinging hip action going down at this hard-fought battle to crown the ultimate Elvis tribute artist!? Witness the acts as they vie for the judge’s attention, scoring them on vocals, style, stage wear and stage presence. Try not to miss the finals, as the winner will be awarded a trip to Elvis Week, Memphis, Tennessee! Yes – it’s a thing people!
Where: Elvis Marquee
When: Round 1: 11am – 5pm Thursday 10 June, Round 2: 12pm – 4pm Saturday 12 June and Round 3: 2pm – 5pm Sunday 13 June

Vintage Markets
One of the biggest attractions to this event has to be the 200+ market stalls that will line Coolangatta beachfront. When you find yourself between live acts and car shows, grab a bite to eat and something to drink whilst you take your time to meander through troves of retro goods and nostalgic finds; an absolute utopia for those who love anything vintage-inspired. Just be sure you have plenty of time on your hands!
Where: Coolangatta Beachfront
When: 12pm – 5pm Wednesday 9 June, 11am – 5pm Thursday 10 June and 9am – 5pm Friday 11 – Sunday 13 June

Miss Cooly Rocks On finalists 2019 (image supplied)
Miss Cooly Rocks On finalists 2019 (image supplied)

Miss Cooly Rocks On Pageant
If Miss Rockabilly is for rock and rollers, then Miss Cooly Rocks On is for all the vintage and pin-up enthusiasts out there! In their own words, the Pageant highlights the synergy between the Vintage Glamour of the 40s, 50s & 60s, the Pin-Up culture and the community of the modern-day times. The competition will run very similar to Miss Rockabilly but being held earlier in the evening and with a more family orientated atmosphere. A perfect way to start your night of partying, perhaps?
Where: Coolangatta Beachfront
When: 4pm Friday 11 June

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)
Cooly Rocks On (image supplied)

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