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Cooly truly ready to rock on

Everyone young and old is getting into the spirit for the Cooly Rocks On festival.
Everyone young and old is getting into the spirit for the Cooly Rocks On festival. Blainey Woodham

"BY golly, isn't it huge."

Cooly Rocks On CEO Bob Newman was overwhelmed this morning, answering phone call after phone call, pulling everything together as the festival gets into gear ahead of the long weekend.

Classic cars and hot-rods have been pulling into town over the last week, and dancers are hitting the streets with their shoes polished and their red lips perfectly pouted.

Mr Newman said all the preparations were complete, and the success of the festival lay in the hands of the gods.

"All we need is to pray the gods are kind to us and 80,000 to 100,000 people will not be out of the questions," he said.

My Daily News hit Marine Pde this morning with headline act Si Cranstoun and pin-up model Miss Kitten Darling.

Cranstoun was stopped every few feet with people asking questions and diving for pens.

He seems too young to be an underground rock'n'roll star, but his energy is undeniable.

"I love retro stuff but at the same time I'm very aware that there is an energy or a dynamic that exists in modern music today," Cranstoun said.

"I try to lean on the best of both worlds, and combine the energy of today's music with the sentiment, melody and vocal delivery that existed in the 50s and 60s."

Mr Newman said Cranstoun was easily on of the hottest tickets to hit the festival.

"He's young, he's fresh, he does rock'n'roll in the same vein as legends like Jackie Wilson, and he is quickly building a reputation throughout Europe and America as one of the most exciting finds on the rock'n'roll circuit in decades," Mr Newman said.

"His age and energy bring a whole new dimension to rock'n'roll and to Cooly Rocks On as we know it."

Don't miss Cranstoun at the Cooly Hotel over the weekend and at the All Stars Extravaganza on Monday June 11.

Marine Pde and Griffith St will be closed to traffic all day Saturday and Sunday for the street party.

Topics:  cooly rocks on, rockabilly. hot rods


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