Tickets to Rock in High Demand


Tickets to see Baby Animals and Pseudo Echo in Townsville are fast disappearing as eager music fans rush to secure their place on the grass at the Townsville Rock Fest (formerly Not too Old to Dance) this September.

Since bookings for the Over 40s-focused event opened on June 1, Townsville’s mature music lovers have been abuzz with excitement about the legendary double-bill who’ll be supported by local bands Supersonic Sex Machine, GodFathers of Funk, The Blessed Outlaws, Euphoria, and Inertia.

Local man John Strickland was the first to get his hands on tickets – a feat he and his wife Kerry have managed every year since the event started in 2012.

“We just really love live music from the 60s, 70s and 80s; those old school guys were real – they wrote their own music, there was no auto-tune and no half-naked girls on stage to distract you from the lack of talent,” said Mr Strickland. “It was just a couple of guys in jeans and a t-shirt rocking out with a guitar.”

Past concert-goers would have likely spotted the Stricklands at the first two Not too Old to Dance concerts, as Kerry is well-known for being the first one to start dancing and the last to stop.

“The last two years we’ve set up camp early in front of the sound tent and Kerry wastes no time busting out the dance moves. Both years she’s had other women come down and ask if they can join in. That’s the thing about people our age – we’re not interested in fighting or arguing or going out to night clubs until 3am – we just want to have a few beers, a laugh with some friends and a nice afternoon out,” Mr Strickland said.

“The Townsville Rock Fest caters perfectly to the older crowd; we’ll keep being first in line for tickets, for as long as the event goes on.”

Promoter Margie Ryder said she was thrilled that the Townsville Rock Fest had developed such a loyal following.

“The Johns and Kerrys of the world are the very reason we came up with The Townsville Rock Fest in the first place. There’s plenty of music events on for the young ones, but September 13 is all about the oldies!”

Music lovers under 40 years of age will only be granted entry to the Townsville Rock Fest with a fake ID that ages them by 20 years. The IDs will be available on the gate for a $5 donation to charity.

The Bus that Rocks

Getting to and from the Townsville Rock Fest safely is now easier and even more fun with the addition of the Rock Bus!

The Rock Bus will collect Festival Goers from the Stuart Motel from 1pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014 and continue to pick up passengers from Ross Island Hotel, Commonwealth Hotel, Molly Malones, Herbert Hotel and Dalrymple Hotel before dropping everyone off at Tony Ireland Stadium in time for the first act.

Rockers can catch the return bus home to their favourite pub at 10.15pm.

Tickets for the Rock Bus are just $10 return and can be collected from any of the participating hotels listed above. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased before September 10.

So round up your friends for a pub lunch before the Townsville Rock Fest and join the Rock Bus for the best ride to and from the gig.

Join the Rock Route & Party Safely

Six local pubs have banded with the Townsville Rock Fest to remind patrons not to drink and drive when they head to the city’s annual Over 40s music festival next month (September 13, 2014).

The Townsville Rock Fest – formerly Not too Old to Dance – has introduced a Rock Bus to ferry music lovers to and from Tony Ireland Stadium, with passenger pick-up and drop-off points at the Stuart, Ross Island, Commonwealth, Molly Malone’s, Herbert and Dalrymple Hotels.

Event promoter Margie Ryder said the Rock Bus was an important part of fulfilling her duty of care to Rock Fest patrons.

“The Townsville Rock Fest is all about ‘oldies’ getting together for a great time and, for many people, that will mean sinking a few beers or a couple of glasses of wine as the sun goes down – but it should also mean getting home safely,” Mrs Ryder said.

“While drink and drug driving is less prominent among older drivers, we would still like to eliminate any temptation for our Festival-goers to put themselves or others at risk on the road.

“We’ve introduced the Rock Bus this year so that Festival-goers can get their friends together at a local venue for a pub lunch before the gig, be dropped right outside the gate at the Rock Fest, enjoy themselves until 10pm and then get back to their local pub safely where they can continue their evening, walk home or catch a taxi for a lower fare.

“It’s also our way of saying ‘Thanks’ to the city’s live music venues who support our incredible local bands year ‘round,” said Mrs Ryder.

Proving you can teach an old dog new tricks, the Townsville Rock Fest has made a number of other changes to its format this year including extra bars, corporate packages and a ‘Young Person’s Tax’ for patrons under 40 attempting to enter.

We received a lot of very useful feedback from people who attended last year’s event and have a taken as much on board as possible to make the Townsville Rock Fest an enjoyable day for everyone,” said Mrs Ryder.

“Without a doubt, the most noise was made about whether Under 40s should be allowed to attend or not. We’ve decided the only fair compromise is that music lovers under 40 years of age will only be granted entry to the Townsville Rock Fest with a fake ID that ages them by 20 years. The IDs will be available on the gate for a $5 donation to charity.”

Fake IDs for Young Rockers

Good news for young lovers of classic rock who want to attend this year’s Townsville Rock Fest, with organisers allowing entry to Under 40s as long as they pay a ‘Youngun’s Fee’ to enter the Festival, headlined by Baby Animals and Pseudo Echo.

The Townsville Rock Fest – formerly Not too Old to Dance – started in 2012 as an exclusively Over 40s event, but with music lovers just shy of the age line disappointed at missing out and Over 40s keen to see age restrictions stay, organisers have decided the only fair compromise is to charge Under 40s a little extra to attend.

Event promoter Margie Ryder said the move would help separate the true rock lovers from those who were just out to party and make a nuisance of themselves.

“The Townsville Rock Fest was created to give older music lovers a great day out, set to the hits of their generation. The goal was to build an event for the mature crowd to get together and have a boogie without being judged for their wrinkles and wobbly bits,” said Mrs Ryder.

“However, we do realise that some keen punters fall just on the wrong side of 40 and want to be able to welcome them to the Townsville Rock Fest without opening the floodgates to hoardes of young people who could spoil the vibe for everyone else.

“The decision to allow younger ones in for a slightly higher ticket price was made after a lot of community consultation and has so far been well received. The Youngun’s Fee reminds event-goers that the day is designed especially for ‘the oldies’ and requires younger ones to prove their love of old rock by going a little further to get in the gate,” Mrs Ryder said.

Under 40s wishing to attend the Townsville Rock Fest will be charged an extra $5, which will buy them a Fake ID for the event. The ID will run young rockers photo through an aging ap to make them look 20 years older and the Youngun’s Fee will be donated to Connecting Rainbows – a local charity supporting and encouraging grassroots volunteers.

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