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Rock reunion organisers wait for Horsham Rural City approval

50 years of Wimmera Rock.

50 years of Wimmera Rock.

By DEAN LAWSON
Organisers of a large-scale reunion weekend of ‘live and local’ Wimmera rock bands in Horsham next year hope to gain municipal go-ahead by the end of this week.
Event spokesman Lynton Brown said he was confident the free community event scheduled for February, 2020, would win a Horsham Rural City Council tick of approval.
“We had a meeting with council officials on Friday and everything looks okay. But it still needs a final tick-off,” he said.
“At the moment we have 21 bands that have indicated they are keen to reform and perform for the occasion and we expect a few more to come forward.”
Mr Brown said he had been amazed at the response from performers and bands dating back decades who had rushed to add their support to the concept, a decade on after Horsham’s successful 50 years of Wimmera Rock reunion.
“There are so many ideas being floated at the moment between people already directly involved and others keen to pass on their suggestions,” he said.
“An example of the issues we’re looking at is what venues we will need, considering the time of the year and the various types of bands that have indicated a willingness to be involved.
“We’re in the process of working on the planning backbone and we can’t confirm too many details until we get council approval.
“Information will be forthcoming later down the track as plans progress.
“What we can confirm is that if we get the green light, we will be using both performing areas of Horsham Town Hall as well as the Sawyer Park Soundshell.
“We’re anticipating there will also be other venue opportunities where bands can perform.
“Much of what happens depends on how many bands put their hands up.
“We have plenty to work with now, but 10 years ago we had 44 bands, so who knows?”
Act quickly
Mr Brown said it was critical bands that were contemplating reforming and being involved in the event started deciding whether they could or could not get together for the occasion.
“The idea of people getting together to rekindle musical collaborations is at the heart of the reunion,” he said.
“This project is all about the reformation of former bands that in some way etched their way into popular-music culture of our region.
“When we get council confirmation, we will call a meeting of key participants to start mapping out how it can all work.
“We’ve had bands from just about every genre and decade dating back to the 1960s come forward. It shows people have wonderful memories of performing in our part of the world.
“What has always been obvious is that members of rock and pop bands are a significant fraternity, many with close nostalgic ties.”
Mr Brown said tentative plans were for a Friday reunion launch and performances and a big Saturday of music, which might continue to spill into Sunday depending on circumstances.
“The reunion is designed to be a free community event,” he said.
“It is basically an extension of what happened 10 years ago to find out who’s still rockin.”

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