Ballarat Beat in Pictures

The inaugural Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival was held last month in great weather with a great turnout. Plus for the very first time there was a dedicated Swing venue with two of the best swing bands in the country… Lucky Seven from Adelaide and The Pearly Shells from Melbourne.

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Swing dance classes were also held each day with Chrissy & Ray from the Gold Coast’s Swing On In. The Mining Exchange was the perfect venue for most of these events as the ambiance and history of the place took us back to Saturday Dances of the 40s and 50s.

The festival featured many Australian and overseas bands including rockin’ acts like Men Into Space, Scotty Baker, Atomic Hi Tones, The ReChords, Keiran McDonald, West Texas Crude, Dan & The Dualtones, The Mayhem County Boys and The Sugarshakers. The weekend was a great showcase of Australian rockabilly performers, punctuated with visiting international acts such as Omar & The Stringpoppers as well as CC Jerome’s Jetsetters from the Netherlands, who have recently been touring Australia. They knocked ’em dead at the Ballarat Beat!

Click on the images below to see them at full size:

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Words and pictures by Chrissy Keepence

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