17 February 2023

Bectric Rocks concert returns for a great cause

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The Bectric Rocks concert will return for another musical extravaganza to raise money for the upkeep of the Bectric Hall and for Open Minds Brighter Futures. Photo: Bectric Rocks.

Following the success of the inaugural Bectric Rocks concert, the event is set to return for more high-quality musical entertainment.

The Bectric Hall committee will hold the concert on Saturday 18 March at the historic Bectric Recreation Reserve from 4 pm.

The Bectric Hall is 119 years old and the country’s last standing Pise Hall (which utilises rammed earth building techniques).

Bectric Hall committee secretary and event organiser Debbie Coddington said there would be a “fun-filled evening of live music”.

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“Last year the crowd was spellbound with the amazing local talent that was showcased, and this year the artists won’t disappoint,” Ms Coddington said.

The Bectric Rocks concert will see local talent converge for a musical extravaganza, which is aiming to raise much-needed funds for the upkeep of the hall and for Open Minds Brighter Futures – Temora’s mental health awareness and support organisation.

Mrs Coddington said it was vital to hold events like Bectric Rocks for the betterment of people’s mental health.

“It brings people together, and it gives them time to sit back, relax and catch up with family, friends and maybe meet people from other towns,” Mrs Coddington said.

“Because of COVID we missed out doing a lot of that for three years,” she said.

Performers on the night will include Craig Giles, Phil Moroney, Peter Hartwig, Dize and Daryl Kemp, Jen Irvine, Peter Pratt, Wilf Reid and Tony Nichols, and Daniel and Arron, who will be playing rock and roll, country, 70s, 80s, 90s and modern-day songs.

Mrs Coddington said a mobile stage hired from Temora Shire Council would be used to showcase the acts and provide a safe environment under the shady trees.

“Along with a barbecue and soft drinks there will be Angela Breust and team providing their coffee van with a variety of salads, treats and gluten-free options, and Mr Whippy ice cream van,” she said.

“People will need to bring their fold-up chairs, their smiles and dancing shoes. It will be an opportunity to catch up with family and friends and to enjoy the serenity of the outdoors in the bush.

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“If the weather is fine the event will be held outside, however if inclement weather it will be held in the hall.

“Camping sites are also available but these need to be booked in advance as this is an extra cost and we are limited to how many vans we can have staying at the site.”

A booking for a campsite is $15 per van per night. For bookings and for more information phone 0409 898 656.

The cost for the event is $15 per head (under 16 free) at the gate.

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