The GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival is relocating its rockabilly revival to the Cleveland Showgrounds in August.
Presented by Robot Productions, the event promises to be bigger and better in 2016, as the lush, sprawling lawns of the new site can accommodate hundreds of hot rods and a new carnival arena where revellers will dine, drink and dance.
From Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August, more than 10,000 people will fill the Cleveland Showgrounds for Australia’s biggest celebration of kustom kulture, with international bands, DJs and dancing, along with hot rod displays, pin-up parades, tiki carving, artist demonstrations, market stalls and more.
Event organiser Lori Lee Cash says the decision to relocate the event follows the success of the inaugural Redlands Rockabily Revival, also presented by Robot Productions, which was held at Cleveland Showgrounds in March.
“Both the walk-in patrons and the hundreds of hot rod drivers who attended the Redlands Rockabilly Revival were absolutely delighted with the grounds and were raving about how wonderfully unique this space is, so we are thrilled to have found a new home for Greazefest Brisbane,” she says.
“The Cleveland Showgrounds holds a special appeal as a spacious and beautiful venue to host a festival of such high calibre like Greazefest, while also being ideally situated in a central location, providing convenient access and accommodation options in the region for our patrons.
“Our regular patrons can expect to enjoy the same quality event and good vibes as always, but in a fresh new location, while the move will also allow a whole new audience to experience the delights of kustom kulture on show at Greazefest.”
Cash says the the event will have a thriving carnival atmosphere, with a unique undercover concert space adjoining a gourmet food village to form a central entertainment and dining hub.
“We are creating a sprawling Texas-style carnival area so that patrons need not venture far from the dance floor for snacks or refreshments from the food trucks,” she says.
Of course, the two-day Hot Rod Show will remain the highlight of GreazeFest, with more than 500 restored classic vehicles, whose drivers come from across the nation to show off their gleaming pride and joy.
GreazeFest 2016 will also feature a new tiki-themed chill-out oasis, set amid the popular hot rod display, where people can enjoy coffees and refreshments in a tropical setting.
The festival will also host more than 150 market stalls, including rockabilly clothing, barbers and hair stylists, vintage wares, automobilia, artwork, tikis, cowboy duds, toy cars, vinyl records and more.
For lovers of vintage style, the GreazeFest Pinup Parades will showcase the influence of the glamour icons of the 1940s and 1950s; while the GreazeFest Art Show artists will display their paintings, tiki carvings, metal sculptures, photography and pinstriped works.
GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival will be held at the Cleveland Showgrounds from Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August. Tickets are on sale now at greazefest.com.