Lydiard Street closed for Ballarat Beat street party

THOUSANDS flocked to Lydiard Street today as the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival drew in people from all over Australia and even a few international guests. 

Festival director Arthur Matsakos said the rock ‘n’ roll street party reminded him of time spent in New Orleans for similar events. 

"I’m pretty happy, how could you not be?" he said. 

"Just look at the street, it’s alive."

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Mr Matsakos said he hoped to make the party even larger and have another section of Lydiard Street involved in next year's event.

He said he had been forced to turn away potential stall holders because places were already full. 

"There was nothing like this last year, just look at the street, it is so full," he said. 

"It’s very successful, people at home should come and embrace this."

Bands will continue to play at the George Hotel and the Mining Exchange tonight with even more events planned for tomorrow.

Mr Matsakos said it was amazing to think the event was pulling in international tourists in only its second year 

"Don't just sit at home, come and see it all," he said. 

Jacqui Watts at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jacqui Watts at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival street party takes over Lydiard Street. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival street party takes over Lydiard Street. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Courtney Goodwin and Adam Canny at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Courtney Goodwin and Adam Canny at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kathryn Murphy at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kathryn Murphy at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The stage and dancefloor in Lydiard Street for the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The stage and dancefloor in Lydiard Street for the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kevin Bailey and Cherry Divine at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kevin Bailey and Cherry Divine at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Fiona and Tori Butcher with Mitch Strong at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Fiona and Tori Butcher with Mitch Strong at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Samantha Wojcik at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Samantha Wojcik at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Larissa Ganble and Adam Buttacavoli at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Larissa Ganble and Adam Buttacavoli at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brad and Lisa Holmes at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brad and Lisa Holmes at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Richard Lagwa and Wayne O'Grady at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Richard Lagwa and Wayne O'Grady at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Von Ruby at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Von Ruby at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Leon Cumming and Kevin Holden at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Leon Cumming and Kevin Holden at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Oona and Conor Fogarty at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Oona and Conor Fogarty at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Isabelle Mason at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Isabelle Mason at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ivy Fox at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ivy Fox at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Simone Williams and Kiera Stewart at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Simone Williams and Kiera Stewart at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Melanie Szydzik and Irene Cook at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Melanie Szydzik and Irene Cook at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Miss Lulu at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Miss Lulu at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Amy Dwyer and Jasmine Ford at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Amy Dwyer and Jasmine Ford at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Nicole Bourke at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Nicole Bourke at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lenny Orsetti from Custom Clothing at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lenny Orsetti from Custom Clothing at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Natalie Anastasov at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Natalie Anastasov at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Goran Todorovic at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Goran Todorovic at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Narelle Fairweather and Belinda Price at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Narelle Fairweather and Belinda Price at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

"Everybody has been coming up and saying how great it is and you hear people walking past saying how wonderful everything looks.

"Just all of their comments have been so positive."