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PHOTOS | Horsham rocks… at Rockfest

Shannon Noll pumps out a hit.

Shannon Noll pumps out a hit.

By Dean Lawson
Horsham had a powerful reminder of its history as a major venue for outdoor rock concerts when people gathered at Horsham Soundshell at Sawyer Park at the weekend.
The park came to life on Saturday as a crowd of more than 800 responded to some of the stars and legends of the Australian rock industry.
The event, from 3pm to 11pm, grew in intensity throughout the afternoon, starting with Horsham act Simon Skurrie and then Paul Costa.
The Chantoozies captured the building crowd’s attention, leading the way for powerful performances from Reece Mastin, The Choirboys and Shannon Noll.
Talented Mastin unleashed a mighty and aggressively clever set that took many by surprise before The Choirboys, led by Australian rock legend Mark Gable, showed why they were renowned as one of the biggest guitar bands of the 1980s.
The crowd was primed for the appearance of Shannon Noll who didn’t disappoint and in one of the highlights of the concert performed The Choirboys’ Run to Paradise with Gable.
Noll told the crowd that when he was listening to the song as a youngster driving a tractor in Condobolin that he never dreamt he would have such an opportunity.
Despite the delight of rock-music fans that ventured to the event and a positive response from most patrons, there is no guarantee it will return next year.
Promoter David Storer from Mildura Entertainment said running major music concerts, based on costs and work involved, was always an unknown.
“The Horsham event reinforced a belief that there’s a strong place for major live music events in country areas,” he said.
“The key is that more people must embrace these events.
“Everyone walked away happy, but while we all had a great time and there were good numbers, there was plenty of room for more. An even larger crowd would have made the event bigger and better for everyone.
“At this stage I can’t guarantee we will return. We’ll assess circumstances in the New Year.”
The Weekly Advertiser, 3WM and MIXX FM and Harvey Norman Horsham were major sponsors of the festival and other businesses also provided support.

A big crowd at Rockfest.

A big crowd at Rockfest.

The Choirboys lead singer and Australian rock legend Mark Gable.

The Choirboys lead singer and Australian rock legend Mark Gable.

Johanna Clark and Kirilee Rowe enjoy themselves.

Johanna Clark and Kirilee Rowe enjoy themselves.

The Weekly Advertiser, 3WM and MIXX FM general manager Brendan O’Loughlin, left, with Paul Costa, Adrian Galvin and Steve Olver.

The Weekly Advertiser, 3WM and MIXX FM general manager Brendan O’Loughlin, left, with Paul Costa, Adrian Galvin and Steve Olver.

The Choirboys bass guitarist Ian Hulme.

The Choirboys bass guitarist Ian Hulme.

 Reece Mastin, centre, joins guitarist Joe Laf and drummer Joe Torre.

Reece Mastin, centre, joins guitarist Joe Laf and drummer Joe Torre.

The Chantoozies' Ally Fowler.

The Chantoozies’ Ally Fowler.

Emma Kealy and Chris Jones enjoy Rockfest.

Emma Kealy and Chris Jones enjoy Rockfest.

 The Chantoozies’ Eva von Bibra.

The Chantoozies’ Eva von Bibra.

 Annette Exell, Kerrie Ward, Tegan Ward, Reece Mastin’s girlfriend Ash, Jorja Ward and Al Ward.

Annette Exell, Kerrie Ward, Tegan Ward, Reece Mastin’s girlfriend Ash, Jorja Ward and Al Ward.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

Rockfest.

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