Cooly Rocks headlining act announced
IT'S almost time to put your dancing shoes on and get into your best rock'n roll gear for the annual Cooly Rocks On festival.
Following the great success of 2012, the festival will see over 1200 classic cars line the streets and over 50 rockabilly bands take to the stage.
This year the headlining act will be British rockabilly- swing entertainer Si Cranstoun.
Cranstoun is known for his unique blend of spiritually soulful vocals and upfront rocking rhythms.
"I love retro stuff but at the same time I'm very aware that there is an energy or a dynamic that exists in modern music today," he said.
"I try to incorporate very energetic stuff that makes you want to get up and dance."
Cranstoun said he drew inspiration from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson and Nat King Cole. He was formally part of a dynamic duo with his brother and responsible for British top 30 hits "kiss on the lips", "don't go", and the reggae-inspired "Truly madly deeply."
The festival's chief executive officer Bob Newman said there would be more reasons than ever to attend this year.
"Not only will we have world class entertainment, but we will be opening a brand new surf precinct down near Kirra Beach," he said.
"There will be the old fashion kombis, woodies and panel vans.
"We'll have a 1950's and 60's surfing exhibition-with surfing memorabilia for sale."
Mr Newman said the festival would give local businesses a boost.
"Last year the direct economic impact from the event was $29 million, and we can expect the same this year," he said.
The 11 day festival begins May 31, and is expected to draw over 80,000 people from across Australia and internationally.
For more information on the festival visit www.coolyrockson.com.au