It’s been a long time coming, but finally someone has cracked it for the first retro music gig in Coffs in just over seven years. The last time we saw a ‘60s show on the foreshores was in 2012, when the old Wintersun Festival made a brief appearance in the town – but just as quickly disappeared.
We spoke to John Logan earlier this week, who was proud to announce his new event.
Thanks to the gang at JLE and Ingenia Lifestyle with the support of Coffs Coast Events, the foreshores will come alive again with the sounds of the ‘60s on Saturday, February 2nd. Local events company JLE saw the potential of the space when it was redeveloped in 2017/2018 and according to manager John Logan, “It is ideal for a Saturday twilight event with a live band, but we have added some classic ‘60s cars, roller skaters, a Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ, Rock ‘n’ Roll dancers, a large (3 m x 2 m) video screen and a whole lot more. We thought a ‘60s theme would suit and once we started, it quickly adopted the feel of Wintersun. It isn’t Wintersun, but it draws from that genre – and we have added to it.”
Dubbed the Ingenia Beach Hopp, it takes its name from the old “sock hops” of the ‘50s and ‘60s, when teenagers would gather on the beach to listen to a new form of music that their parents hated, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Many religious groups would refer to the music of the day as “devil music”, and in some states of the USA and other countries, tried to get it banned. Many of those people still love the music and are keen to relive the music, so on the day, you can expect to hear The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis, maybe some Beatles and a whole lot of other music from that era. In between band sets, DJ Dale Smith will spin the vinyl.
There’s lots to see, with a lot of classic ‘60s cars – including some really rare ones – so come along, browse the site and speak to the owners, who are often only too willing to talk to you about their prized possession. Organisers expect thirty plus old cars, like the ones pictured above from David Fitz, owner of the ‘63 VW, Mick Stevenson, owner of the hotted up ’63 EK Holden, and Stoo Copeland, owner of the ‘69 Mini. Roller skaters will be on the paths, to add to the theme.
As an added sweetener, patrons will also have a chance to enter the draw to win an Apollo Caravan, thanks to Ingenia and Apollo.
The featured act will be the Australian Beach Boys. Their show has captured the essence of this iconic ‘60s band, producing a show that not only plays the Beach Boys songs, but also, thanks to live “four part” vocal harmonies and some technological wizardry, recreates the amazing “wall of sound” experience that Brian Wilson so famously and successfully crafted.
In a two hour show they play all the hits, including Surfin’ USA, Little Deuce Coupe, Barbara-Ann, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Help Me Rhonda, Surfin Safari, Kokomo, Then I Kissed Her, California Girls, I Get Around, Fun Fun Fun, Good Vibrations, just to name a few.
This show delivers that “real” Beach Boys experience, from the striped blue and white shirts and Hawaiian flowers to replica instruments and, exclusive to The Australian Beach Boys Show, a full audio/visual aspect, featuring our big “Beach Boys ‘60s TV” screen, displaying the original Beach Boys clip for every song, in sync with the live show!
Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ Dale Smith will also be there with members of the Razzle Dazzle Rockers.
There will be plenty to eat and drink and a licensed bar on site, so there’s no BYO food, drink or alcohol, as the Big Red Chevy Truck will provide the bar. This is a smoke-free event; if you’ve got to smoke, patrons are welcome to go outside the main area.
Gates open 4:30pm – event runs ‘til 9:30pm.
Tickets are on sale online @ www.trybooking.com/449566. GA tickets $20, VIP tickets that include your own seat in a covered area are $35 in the Happy Days VIP tent – a small booking fee applies. While the event is open to all ages, there are no concessions on tickets. Yes, you can buy on the day, but organisers always encourage people to buy online beforehand, to avoid the wait at the gate. You can also bring your own fold up chair.
Events on the Coffs Coast are really growing but as John added, “It’s tough out there in the event market. Getting an event up is just the start. You then have to sustain it, but we think this one will add colour and excitement to a great calendar that is getting stronger each year.”
Ingenia Beach Hopp, Jetty Foreshore, Friday 2nd February.
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