Miss Cooly Rocks on Finalist, Francie Flathead (Kirsty Wallett) poses in front of a 1967 Camaro convertable at Coolangatta Beach in preperation of the 2016 Cooly Rocks on Event.
Miss Cooly Rocks on Finalist, Francie Flathead (Kirsty Wallett) poses in front of a 1967 Camaro convertable at Coolangatta Beach in preperation of the 2016 Cooly Rocks on Event. Scott Powick

‘Livers and Lookers’ prepare to rock on at Cooly

MORE than 100,000 fans are expected to flood into the Tweed and Coolangatta area over the next fortnight as the annual Cooly Rocks On Festival kicks off on Friday.

The popular fifties nostalgia festival, the sixth since the previous Wintersun moved south, is shaping up to be another winner with crowd favourites including the street parade, car exhibitions, rock ‘n’ roll dancing and live music heading the program, which runs from June 3-13.

Several new events are included in this year’s line-up, including a ‘50s style drive-in movie theatre at Seagulls on June 10 (almost sold out), a pinball competition at Coolangatta’s new TimeZone outlet and a vintage caravan display at Kirra’s surf precinct.

Festival manager Phil Villiers said the event was on track to shine.

“There’s two parts to it - what I call ‘The Livers’: the people that have got the cars, that dance, that get dressed up; then there’s ‘The Lookers’ or the people who would love to own a car but haven’t got one, they’d love to be able to dance but have two left feet but love to get involved,” he said.

“They all come together for a great weekend.”

Accommodation has been booked out for months, with many repeat visitors reserving their beds a year in advance. “It’s quite unique this event,” Mr Villiers said.

“When people leave on the Monday after the event, they rebook again for next year. Many of the resorts talk about being 50-60% booked up again for the next year.”

Last year’s festival injected $36.5m into the economy, including $6m into Tweed. The main street parade is on June 11 from 9.30am. For more visit www.coolyrockson.com.



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