Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas gets all shook up at the Cooly Rocks On launch in Coolangatta yesteday.
Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas gets all shook up at the Cooly Rocks On launch in Coolangatta yesteday. John Gass

Pattie set to help Cooly rock on

ROCK’n’ROLL has officially hit the Tweed with a small taste of the Cooly Rocks On festival at yesterday’s official launch.

The nostalgia festival is just two months away, and organiser Bob Newman is excited to announce most of the plans have been finalised and preparations are running to schedule.

“The support we’re getting from both councils, the community and business is fantastic,” Mr Newman said.

“Everyone is planning to theme up their shops and dress up their staff.

“That’s one of our long-term goals.

“We want to make this a whole-town event.”

At the launch it was announced 1950s and ’60s rock’n’roll star Little Pattie would be the “festival queen” and the face of the event.

Little Pattie is also the federal president of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and consultant for the NSW Government’s Talent Development Project.

“The people of the ’50s and ’60s will identify with Pattie; they know and respect her,” Mr Newman said.

“She’s probably one of the best people we could get to patron the event.

“She will also perform for us, so we’re very excited.”

This is the first year of the Cooly Rocks On festival after nostalgia festival Wintersun relocated to Port Macquarie last year.

Mr Newman said despite being the festival’s first year he was expecting a huge crowd.

“Virtually everyone I’ve spoken to is coming,” he said.

“We have all four ingredients – the cars, the dancers, the bands and the location.

“And we have a lot of support, the people here want it to happen.”

The Cooly Rocks On festival runs from June 3-13, in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.



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