Music fans are in for a real treat this March as WANSTOCK returns to suburban Victoria with an enviable glam-rock line-up. The third year for the mini-festival, WANSTOCK launched as organiser Geoff Wansbrough’s ode to the days of Woodstock and bringing back 70s hey day of festival fun.
A long-time Ted Mulry Gang fan, his vision for the 2020 event is around the great glam-rockers, including Get Rocked, Kings of Oz, City Sharps, The Day Dreamers and Stonetrip. Geoff cut his teeth in the great days of the pub rock era working as a roadie, and that passion for the music industry has never wavered. When it came to putting together the line-up for this year’s event, he wanted to ensure there was something to please everyone.
“There is the glam rock of TMG (Ted Mulry Gang) and Get Rocked / Hush,” he says. “Some covers with Kings of Oz, high energy rock from the Day Dreamers to the rock and roll of the City Sharps and Stonetrip. The basic premise is let’s have some fun! We should all have fun while we still can, and recreate some magnificent pub rock, as well as experiencing some great up-and-coming bands!”
TMG were a cornerstone of the 70s rock scene. Label mates with AC/DC on Alberts, TMG helped shape the guitar-driven sound of Aussie rock. Their 1975 smash hit Jump In My Car catapulted them to superstardom and they followed with a swag of crowd pleasers such as Darktown Strutters Ball, Crazy, My Little Girl, Heart of Stone, and (You’ve Got) The Devil In You to name a few. The respect the industry had for Ted Mulry was evident by the massive support shown by fellow musicians who put on a series of concerts to raise money for him after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Steve stepped up to perform for Ted at a benefit in his honour Gimme Ted and received the thumbs up from his big brother, so it was only fitting that when TMG got back together that Steve performed for Ted. Now, TMG are back being a hot commodity on the touring circuit, widely renowned for their great live shows.
The Get Rocked show features Les Gock and Rick Lum from the legendary 70s glam-rock band HUSH, and Mark Gable from the Choirboys, along with some of Australia’s finest musicians. Between them they have multiple platinum and gold albums, and chart-topping hits like Boney Maronie, Glad All Over and Run To Paradise. Get Rocked journey through the early Countdown years, they tell stories of times on the road, as well as those bands they met along the way. It’s real, it’s personal, it’s loud, it’s live, it’s glitzy and above all, it is fun… so start counting down, it’s time to Get Rocked!
Kings Of Oz are renowned as one of the best Aussie rock tribute shows, pumping out 100% Aussie rock with classics from Cold Chisel, The Angels, AC/DC, Dragon, INXS and more. They always pack a power performance! City Sharps are Aussie rock in its finest, a blend of romp a stomp and punk with a metal edge. Their music is described like a ‘double shot of whiskey, smooth and pure’. The Day Dreamers are another up-and-coming Aussie rock band brought into the fold for their energetic stage presence and alt punk influences. Include a set by Melbourne hard-rock band Stonetrip, whose combinations of vintage classic rock and today’s rock influences create a groovy experience, and you have an enviable afternoon of great music! Tickets for Wanstock are on sale now.