Today Show catches jive bug
THE Today Show kicked off a week-long visit to the Gold Coast yesterday with a live broadcast from Coolangatta.
The televised event showcased Cooly Rocks On as Australia’s hottest new rock and roll nostalgia festival.
The broadcast took place in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Cooly Rocks On operations manager Bob Newman was excited to see the nostalgia festival be part of the popular Channel Nine show.
“It’s just great to be part of it, to let everyone in Australia know that Coolangatta will be rocking come next June,” Mr Newman said.
“We’re proud to have Cooly Rocks On as a small part of the Today Show and we hope that we can bring back some memories of the way life used to be on the Gold Coast, the honeymoon destination of so many couples in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
“There will be rock and roll and rockabilly bands and singers who will transform the streets of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads into a nostalgia flashback to the days when rock and roll ruled.”
Cooly Rocks On is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to the Gold Coast-Tweed Heads region from June 3 to 13 next year for a week-long celebration.
Leading Queensland rock and roll band Shindig, featuring Peter Brown on guitar and vocals, David Lee-Jay on drums and vocals and Rex Harris on base and vocals, performed during the broadcast.
The band was joined by dancers from the Gold Coast Rockers, Lynne and Dale Tomkins and Heather and Andy Brown.
During the show Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian performed some of his hit songs for the enthusiastic crowd.
Sebastian has sold more than 1.6 million records in his career to date and just last week released Twenty Ten, a retrospective collection of hits from his musical journey.
It features all of his greatest songs including Angels Brought Me Here, which is the highest-selling single of the decade.
The Today Show will continue to broadcast from Queen Elizabeth Park for the remainder of the week.
The Today Show will broadcast from Coolangatta until Friday