Each year thousands converge on the Rocklea Showgrounds in Brisbane (including some of us Kiwis!). It's the annual pilgrimage into total Rockabilly immersion. Outifts are carefully planned out for the Friday night opening shin dig, starting with welcoming tunes from one of the GreazeFest DJ's 'DJ Leapin' Lawrie. Music fills the air of the indoor Rockhouse stage, you start looking around and waving hello's to the friendly faces you see each year, There are plenty of hugs, hellos and admiring looks for slick greased hair, and finely coiffured do's.
Saturday we were up early for the 10am start at the Rocklea Showgrounds, the skies were brilliant blue and it was perfect promenading weather. I wore a special custom GreazeFest outfit designed by Judy Dee Couture which was a tribute to the great Wanda Jackson.
The markets were fun, vibrant and full of so many different products. There's candy, lots and lots of clothing, both well known labels and locally made garments, shoes, jewellery, repro, accessories, vintage delights, you name it! I stop in at Western Wac and catch up with my insta gal pals, Kimmie and Mikaila. Western Wac sell a range of Freddie of Pinewood jeans and tops as well as cowboy boots and other great Mexicana gear. Next door are the gorgeous couple from Cowpunkabilly, Bernie and Kerryn. I drool over all the vintage western gear, and beautiful Western shirts and cowboy boots they have. They are the best dressed couple at GreazeFest!
On Saturday alone there were 14 bands on the roster, and they all put on a high energy, enthusiastic show. We got to see our favourites, Miss Teresa, The Hi-Boys (also signed to WILD Records USA), Regular Gonzales, The Koffin Rockers, Kieron McDonald, DJ Swingabilly Ray during the day, then we made a quick change into our evening outfits for Benny & The Flybynighters, Doubleblack, and the awesome Rusty Pinto followed by headliners, The Go Getters, from Sweden. It was non stop boppin' and jivin' with Bal and Swing thrown in for good measure as well as getting up the front of the stage taking in the vibes - it was bliss and sore feet all rolled into one!
Australia is also extremely lucky to have Lori Lee, the owner and organiser of GreazeFest. Lori and her team put on a well oiled, slick, highly professional festival across two cities which takes a huge amount of work behind the scenes to put on. Now in its 16th year the festival goes from strength to strength.
Roll on 2016, and if you're going, have fun at GreazeFest Melbourne this weekend!