Flash back: nostalgia kicks in at Rockabilly Festival

Walking down Lydiard Street on Saturday you may have felt like you had stepped back in time. 

Visitors posed for a photo in front of classic cars before stopping to listen to The Kids From Trash-A-Billy on the main stage while tapping their foot or dancing, all while admiring people dressed in bright vintage outfits passing by. 

Check out the gallery of photos from the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival fashion parade and pin-up competition 

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival was in full swing by Saturday afternoon, with vintage and rockabilly lovers from all over the state joining in the festivities in full pin-up outfits. 

Watch below to take a tour of the street festivities on Lydiard Street with event manager Kesh Manton.

Helen Berting and Zoraya Tibos travelled to the festival from the Mornington Peninsula and will stay in Ballarat for the weekend. 

The pair travel to rockabilly festivals together around the state. 

“We love pin-up, everything to do with vintage, retro,” Ms Tibos said. 

“I’m in the navy myself so I love military, especially World War II inspired outfits.”

Ms Berting was wearing an outfit she had designed herself when she spoke to The Courier at the festival on Saturday afternoon. It was one of four outfits she had planned for the weekend. 

Small bouts of light rain did not keep the crowds away, with Lydiard Street filling up as the afternoon progressed. 

Windy weather proved a challenge for some as dresses and hats blew up in the wind. 

The pin-up competition at 2pm drew crowds to the Mining Exchange as both men and women showed off their vintage outfits. 

The festivities will continue throughout the evening with a night market and live music and on Sunday with dance lessons and dance demonstrations. 

Lydiard Street, between Mair and Sturt Street, will remain closed on Sunday.  

Visit ww.ballaratbeat.com.au for the schedule of events.