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All roads lead to Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival


If you love all things 1950s and 60s, then you need to put on your best Blue Suede Shoes and head to the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival.

This weekend’s extravaganza, from 22 to 24 March, is one of the most popular events on the Lower Hunter social calendar, welcoming thousands of people to the region annually.

But, it’s not just the vibe of a bygone era, which attracts locals and visitors alike, there’s always something for everyone.

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival boasts a plethora of rock ‘n roll, classic cars, hot rods, fashion, music, dancing and so much more.

Then there’s the huge range of quality retro market stalls, food vans, lots of free entertainment, a Show and Shine, ample demonstrations, best dressed competitions, a sideshow alley and performances aplenty.

At night, organisers have also arranged rock ‘n roll and rockabilly shows… at venues throughout the township.

Among the impressive line-up of artists are Kirsty Lee Akers, DJ Gav – Your MC, Jukebox Jive, Jumpin Jukebox, Chance2dance, Swiftkick, At the Hop Duo, Eagle Rocks, Rhinestoned, Sydney Swing Katz, Cooper Randall, Emile, Sass & the Boss Trio, Turn the Page and DJ Dave.

“If you’re a rock ‘n roll fan, or a music lover, Kurri Kurri’s the place to be,” a spokesperson said.

“The festival’s usually staged on the last weekend in March to coincide with Easter.

“But, we’ve broken with tradition this year and brought it forward one week.

“From the early feedback, we’re anticipating great crowds again.”

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Retro Market Place, Rotary Park Kurri Kurri

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival Retro Market Stalls operate from 8.30am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rotary Park will be alive with a range of quality stands, featuring themed merchandise, retro stalls, vintage clothing, rock ‘n roll memorabilia, collectables and plenty of items for car enthusiasts, the kids and the young-at-heart.

There is also a wide variety of nostalgia-based food and beverage stalls to keep you nourished throughout the weekend.

Shannon’s Show & Shine

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March

An incredible display of classic cars, hot rods and vintage vehicles. With up to 100 vehicles on Saturday and up to 400 on Sunday, this is not to be missed in Lang Street and Barton Street.

Free Entertainment

  • Family Fun Night – Rotary Park, Friday 22 March, 5pm to 9pm
  • Main Stage – Rotary Park, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, 8.30am to 4pm
  • Street Stage – top of Lang Street, Sunday 24 March, 10am to 2pm
  • Sidewalk Stage – in front of Kurri Kurri Library, Sunday 24 March, 9.30am to 1.30pm

Go to the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival website for firther details.

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