Rock on to ’50s beat

September 08, 2017

Retro fashionista Cherrie Blossom showcases 1950s fashion at the first Shepparton Shake-Out held in February.

Shepparton will be in a time-warp later this year when the best music and fashion of the 1950s comes to the showgrounds.

The Shepparton Shake-Out is coming back to town for the second time this year, after the inaugural retro-themed festival brought hundreds of retro-rockers to town in February.

Classic American muscle cars, rock’n’roll dancing and a good old-fashioned drive-in theatre are just some of the attractions that will show off the best of ’50s culture, according to organiser Arthur Matsakos.

‘‘We really want to encourage the community to come along and support this festival,’’ Mr Matsakos said.

Fans of the ’50s culture and music, according to Mr Matsakos, are not just those who remember it the first time around. Younger people born many decades after the ’50s have embraced the music and style of that decade.

‘‘People collect the cars, the paraphernalia and still listen to the great music,’’ he said.

‘‘I think the appeal of the 1950s will go on forever.’’

Mr Matsakos wants to encourage people who missed the first festival to attend, and has introduced a $10 admission fee to bring more people along.

‘‘It is great to meet new people, and if people can’t dance, well, we’ve got dance lessons,’’ he said.

The classic sounds of the ’50s will rock the stages throughout the day, with Australian and international retro acts booked to appear.

‘‘It gives people an opportunity to see bands that they would otherwise have to travel overseas to see,’’ he said.

Shepparton Shake-Out will hit Shepparton Showgrounds on the November 3-5 long weekend.

More announcements will be made closer to the date, and to keep up-to-date follow

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