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Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2018

February 8 - February 11

Ballarat Beat Rockabilly festival 2018 will see Lydiard Street filled once again with thousands of fashionable event goers, young and old, soaking up the nostalgia of the 1950’s. taking place from Thursda 8th – Sunday 11th February 2018, Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival will transform Ballarat’s CBD into a 50’s style celebration of all the fun and excitement of that time.

Starting on Thursday evening 8th February, live Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly music will be performed by international and Australian musicians throughout the festival. The beat will continue on Friday night 9th Februaru followed by 2 full days of rockabilly fun in Lydiard Street on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018. The festival will end with a rockabilly finale celebration and jam session in The Lounge at The George Hotel Ballarat.

The Ballarat Beat street party, to be held over the weekend, will include a street stage and outdoor dance floor featuring live music, DJ, dancing displays, Rockabilly inspired stalls, a classic & hot rod car display, plus dance lessons, fashion shows and a pinup competition (for Men and Women) at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

Entry to events taking place within the festival venues, including a fabulous line up of leading Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly acts, will be ticketed. This will include international live performances, including Lance Lipinsky from the USA who is well known for his Jerry Lee Lewis sound (think: “Great balls of fire!”), plus well known acts from across Australia. Other ticketed events will include the ever-popular ‘Rockabilly Babes Burlesque’ shows performed by Ballarat’s own Nellie Minelli and her burlesque troupe.

Event Manager, Kesh Manton, said: “We’re very excited by our full calendar of events, including so many key bands from the Rockabilly and Rock ‘n’ Roll world. We’re very grateful for the outstanding local support and community participation which will make 2018’s Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival, now its 6th year, the best event yet!”

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Ballarat Beat 4 day festival pass: $119 – Access all areas from Thursday evening 8 February – Sunday 11 February 2018
  • Burlesque show – $30 extra with festival pass
  • Ballarat Beat Day Pass – $79pp on Sat 10th and $55pp for Sun 11th February 2018
  • Burlesque only – $35pp (online bookings recommended, limited tickets available at the door subject to availability)
  • Individual live band performances (at the door) – $22pp for most bands, $33pp for Lance Lipinsky (USA) shows


Tickets are available now via­‐beat-­‐rockabilly-­‐festival-­‐2018-­‐6021
Visit the Ballarat Beat website for all the latest details – or find us on Facebook at /Ballaratbeat.

Accommodation during the festival can be secured through the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre by calling 1800 44 66 33 or online at

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2018 is very grateful to its major sponsors: The City of Ballarat, 3BA, The George Hotel Ballarat, Adroit Insurance, Craigs Royal Hotel and Visit Ballarat.


February 8
February 11
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