Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival gets bigger and better

The 2018 Ballarat beat Rockabilly festival is in full swing with activities, displays, shows and shopping for everyone to enjoy. 

BOMBSHELL: Julia Zass at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival Launch at the George Hotel on Thursday night. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

BOMBSHELL: Julia Zass at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival Launch at the George Hotel on Thursday night. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Event coordinator Kesh Manton said they are particularly excited to have international musician Lance Lipinsky from Chicago, Illinois, performing at the festival. 

“We’ve got a really good range of rock and roll and rockabilly bands from all over Australia who have their own wonderful following so we hope everyone get’s out to support the music talent,” she said.  

“We have a car display, classic and hot rod, live music all day in the street and in The George Hotel as well as on the balcony.”

STYLE GURU: Lenny Orsetti will be selling his custom rockabilly threads at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

STYLE GURU: Lenny Orsetti will be selling his custom rockabilly threads at the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

The Ballarat Mining Exchange will have a number of free events inside including the Pin-Up Competition, Best Dressed Competition, vintage market stalls as well as demonstrations and products from Ballarat traders. 

A live tattoo artist will be in residence but punters can opt for face painting and temporary tatts if they aren’t ready for the real thing. 

While many of the events are free, some of the musical performances and other events such as the burlesque show are ticketed events. 

The festival officially kicked off on Thursday with locals and visitors showing off their best vintage and rockabilly inspired fashion at the George Hotel lane way. 

COLD ONE: Brooke Trainor will be serving up frosty beers to keep crowds well hydrated for the duration of the festival. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

COLD ONE: Brooke Trainor will be serving up frosty beers to keep crowds well hydrated for the duration of the festival. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Events will have skirts swinging and toes tapping right through to Sunday afternoon with Lydiard Street closed to traffic for the duration of the weekend. 

For a full schedule of events or to find out more information, visit www.ballaratbeat.com.au

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