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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.  

From today all ticketed shows at the award-winning festival will go 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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