Saturday Night cruising returns to Cooly Rocks On

Yesteryear rolled back into Coolangatta for Cooly Rocks On with the long-awaited return of the beloved Saturday Night Car Cruise.

The sold-out event saw 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruise through the streets of the iconic beachside destination, much to the thrill of onlookers.

“We were stoked to successfully bring back the car cruise this year and give enthusiasts another opportunity to show off their pride and joy,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

The highly anticipated Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine again proved why it’s an annual drawcard for car enthusiasts from all over the country with almost 900 vehicles on display stretching for two kilometres.

“I am a car head, and this was on the bucket list, I had to get up here from Victoria to have a look. Booking for next year!” – Scott, Car Enthusiast.

The Gold Coast turned on its famous winter sunshine for the tens of thousands of fans who donned their best vintage threads and up dos to take a trip down memory lane over five action-packed days.

“Last year we had record crowds of more than 136,000 and this year felt just as busy if not bigger,” said Mark. People come for the music, the entertainment and of course for the cars, and the attention to detail in the fashion, the Show ‘N’ Shine, it’s what makes this festival such a unique experience that people want to come back for year after year.”

Cooly Rocks On welcomed acts from around Australia and the world, including the artist known as the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world Shawn Klush (USA), Swedish rockabilly trio The Go Getters and Japan’s master of Samurai rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Pandora just to name a few.

New Zealand’s Che Orton took out the prestigious Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for 2023 and will now represent the festival at Elvis Week in Memphis, USA later this year.

“Just so happy and proud to be able to represent Cooly Rocks On and Australia in Memphis this August. It’s a dream come true to be able to go back to Graceland.”  – Che Orton, Cooly Rocks On UETA Contest winner.

Brisbane’s Sim Lovett, who grew up in Hong Kong and goes by the name Bunny Boulevard, was crowned this year’s Pin-up Pageant winner.

“The Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant is the epitome for us girls, it’s not all about winning but about enjoying the process amongst our tight knit and supportive community,” – Sim Lovett, Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant winner.

Lovers of nostalgia filled the streets, restaurants and hotels bringing a welcome boost for the local economy. Accommodation houses reported they were fully booked over the festival and were already three quarters full for next year’s Cooly Rocks On. Restaurants, bars and cafés said they had a bumper five days.

Festival goers were just as ready to dig deep to support the official Charity Partner for Cooly Rocks On, MND and Me Foundation for a chance to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck.

Affectionately known as ‘Daphne’ the bright orange beauty has been restored to its vintage look and feel complete with a brand new V8 engine. More than $50,000 worth of tickets were sold across the festival with all proceeds going directly to Motor Neurone Disease research.

Cooly Rocks On wraps for 2023 with thanks to our Sponsor Family: City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland, Gold Coast Airport, Indian Motorcycle, Shannons, Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA), Clean Vibes, EVENTelec and 92.5 Triple M.

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, has once again proven why it’s an unmissable annual event for lovers of motors, music and the lifestyle of yesteryear. Get ready for more rock ‘n’ roll, dancing and revving engines this time next year when we do it all again in spectacular fashion from 5-9 June 2024.

Cooly Rocks On welcomes 2023 Sponsor Family

Cooly Rocks On has kicked into gear with Australia’s much-loved nostalgia festival set to take Coolangatta back in time from Wednesday 7 June.

Last year the festival welcomed record crowds who had made the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to enjoy the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear over five jam-packed days. Now it is time to do it all over again with an even more exciting program of international acts and plenty of music, fashion, and classic cars.

Joining us for the ride in 2023 are some familiar friends in our Sponsor Family and we look forward to welcoming some new Cooly Rocks On partners.

We are incredibly proud to have MND and Me Foundation on board as our Official Charity Partner for the 2023 festival. The MND and Me Foundation is a wonderful organisation that supports people and their families living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Queensland, while striving towards finding a cure.

Cooly Rocks On fans can show their support by purchasing raffle tickets at the festival and will go in the draw to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck valued at $200,000! All proceeds will go directly to the MND and ME Foundation to help fund their ongoing MND research efforts.

The MND and Me Foundation is looking forward to a great weekend at Cooly Rocks On raising money to fund vital research into finding a cure for motor neurone disease. What better raffle prize for this event than a 1954 Chevy COE Pick Up that has a 2022 Camaro V8 engine under the hood!” – Jane Milne, MND and Me Foundation CEO.

Iconic motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle is again partnering with Cooly Rocks On as an Official Support Partner. The Indian Motorcycle brand embodies the nostalgic and historic nature of the festival and even Elvis owned one! Check out the latest rides at the Indian Motorcycle display on the Coolangatta foreshore throughout the festival.

Shannons is once again joining our festival family as an Official Support Partner in 2023. A leading insurance and auction house for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles and motorcycles, we couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Australia’s award-winning nostalgia festival.

New to the family is award-winning event specialist electricians and engineers, EVENTelec – there’re the ones supplying power and turning up the dial to get things buzzing this festival! EVENTelec have been powering major events and festivals across a variety of sectors since 1996 and are a new Community Partner across Major Events Gold Coast’s four annual music festivals.

“Our synergies are very similar, and we both aim to deliver world class festivals while developing and supporting the local economy and attracting visitors to the region.” – EVENTelec

We also welcome Triple M to our Sponsor Family as a Community Partner in 2023.

Clean Vibes will be on site helping us reduce waste at Cooly Rocks On this year and minimising the impact on the beautiful Coolangatta foreshore.

And we are proud to be working with the Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA) who provide cultural guidance across all our festivals.

Coming through the Gold Coast Airport to visit Cooly Rocks On, the sensational Pacific Belles will transport visitors back in time from the minute they land with sweet tunes from the 40s as part of the festival’s partnership with the airport.

Cooly Rocks On wouldn’t be the award-winning festival it is, without the ongoing support from our strategic partner, the City of Gold Coast and major partner the Queensland government via Tourism and Events Queensland.

As we prepare to start our engines, we want to send a huge welcome to our 2023 Cooly Rocks On Sponsor Family. See you all in Coolangatta for five days of cars, music and fashion.

Cooly Rocks On unveils hugely anticipated entertainment lineup

Lovers of music, motors and the lifestyle of yesteryear are preparing for another not-to-be-missed event on the annual calendar as Australia’s largest nostalgia festival announces its much anticipated entertainment lineup.

This year’s Cooly Rocks On, to be held on the Gold Coast from 7-11 June, will feature a host of big international performers, along with Australia’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and swing artists from across the country.

Arguably one of the biggest rockabilly bands in the world, Swedish group The Go Getters, will be one of the headliners of the 2023 program. The trio who formed 35 years ago is sure to keep the toes tappin’ all night as they make their first appearance in Australia in more than a decade.

Japan’s Johnny Pandora has been breaking hearts on the rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly scene since he was 18 years old, performing nearly 200 shows a year. Now the singer, bassist, guitarist and dancer is ready to wow audiences in Coolangatta, as part of this year’s lineup.

New Zealand’s original retro rockers Boom! Boom! Deluxe are set to fill the dancefloor, playing a mix of authentic 1950s and 60s classics laced with clever re-workings of modern songs in the rock ‘n’ roll styles.

“This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with five international acts invited to perform, as well as dozens of acts from across the country filling the streets with the sound and energy we have become famous for,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

Fan favourites from Melbourne, The Rechords, will perform their unique blend of bluegrass western swing, hillbilly and rock ‘n’ roll.

Adelaide’s hottest seven-piece 50s swing, rhythm and roots group Lucky Seven will set the mood at the Cooly Rocks On Moonlight Swing Dance, as well as channelling the original rock ‘n’ roll genius of the legendary Bill Haley with their outfit The Lucky Comets: The Sounds Of Bill Haley.

Queensland’s own Cherry Divine, dubbed the ‘Princess of Rockabilly’, grew up listening to records on her Grandad’s gramophone. Her love for rockabilly has taken her around the world and she can’t wait to return to Cooly Rocks On.

Headlining in the Elvis Precinct this year is the USA’s Shawn Klush, who’s widely considered the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world.

For Elvis fans, it doesn’t get much better than this,” said Mark.

Shawn tours extensively around the world performing to sold out shows, but his inaugural Cooly Rocks On appearance will be his first Down Under in five years. The team is so excited to present Shawn at the 2023 festival.”

The critically acclaimed artist was named the first-ever ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’ by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis and has been described as the “closest thing to The King in concert.”

Cooly Rocks On is also bringing another renowned international Elvis Tribute Artist to the Gold Coast, with an Australian-first performance from Jimmy Holmes (USA), who has taken the industry by storm.

In an unmissable event, Jimmy Holmes and Mark Andrew will present ‘The King Returns to Stage ‘68-’72” in a nod to Elvis’ triumphant return to the live arena after waving goodbye to Hollywood.

For lovers of surf culture and classic rock ’n’ roll car songs, The Australian Beach Boys Show will bring back memories of cruising in coupes and feeling fine in a Chevrolet 409.

Other notable artists performing this year include The Pacific Belles, Issi Dye, Jake & the Cadillacs, Kenny and the Nitro Rockers, Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption, Peaches & the Alphasonics, Swingabilly Ray and more!

Cooly Rocks On is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Cooly Rocks On revving up with tickets now on sale

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, returns to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 7-11 June to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear and organisers are gearing up for it to be bigger and better than ever.

All ticketed shows at the award-winning festival are on sale, as well as the Cooly Rocks On Moonlight Swing Dance, and for car enthusiasts the highly anticipated Show ‘N’ Shine tickets are now available.

“Record crowds of more than 136,000 people made the annual pilgrimage to Cooly Rocks On last year, to enjoy what we’re famous for – a combination of music, dancing, motors and fashion from the rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and swing eras,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

“This year we’ve also secured a very special show for our Elvis fans with the artist widely-considered the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world performing on our stage, Shawn Klush, along with a host of other unique performances.”

The five-day festival is free to attend with bespoke ticketed offerings available for those who wish to elevate their Cooly Rocks On experience.

Among the experiences, car owners can secure tickets for one of the country’s biggest showcases of classic cars, the Show ‘N’ Shine, open to vehicles manufactured prior to and including 1979.

The now renowned display will take place on 10-11 June spanning seven zones showcasing more than 900 cars throughout the Coolangatta precinct.

For those eager to start their engines early, the Early Bird Show ‘N’ Shine will be held on Thursday 8 June and Friday 9 June.

Car enthusiasts can also gear up for an unforgettable experience and purchase tickets for the annual car runs across the Gold Coast which will roll out of Coolangatta on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June.

Dancers can look forward to a favourite sell-out event, the Cooly Rocks On Moonlight Swing Dance to be hosted in the Elvis Marquee on the Coolangatta beachfront on Thursday 8 June.

For Elvis fans, be prepared to be taken through arguably the greatest era of Elvis’ live performances as Jimmy Holmes and Mark Andrew present: The King Returns to Stage ‘68-’72 on Wednesday 7 June.

Tickets are also on sale for all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Attracting entrants from Ireland and New Zealand in 2023 this renowned annual contest is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner going on to represent Cooly Rocks On in Memphis later this year.


Performing for the first time at Cooly Rocks On, the man dubbed ‘The closest thing to The King in concert’, Shawn Klush will take to the stage on Friday 9 June and is not to be missed.

Festival fans can secure their ticket to take a ride back in time for The Australian Beach Boys Show, paying tribute to the pure genius of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys on Saturday 10 June.

The festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes went on sale in December, providing fans with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, an exclusive performance and meet and greet with Shawn Klush and fellow Elvis Tribute Artist Jimmy Holmes, VIP Legends goodie bags and much more. With over $1,000 in value, pass holders can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $449. But be quick, limited tickets remain.

Applications are also now open for the Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant, proudly presented by Celebrity Ink, bringing together the classic and rockabilly styles in one place.

The 2022 Pin-up Pageant attracted entrants from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand and is a highlight of the festival.

“There really is something for everyone at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival and if last year’s record crowd is anything to go by, we are all looking forward to another not-to-be-missed festival this June,” said Mark Duckworth.

Produced by Major Events Gold Coast, the festival was recently awarded Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the Queensland Tourism Awards and is a finalist in the upcoming Australian Tourism Awards held in March.

Cooly Rocks On is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.


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