28 February 2024

Musical gem Bectric Rocks returns for concerted effort supporting local acts, history and mental health

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

The third instalment of the Bectric Rocks concert is gearing up to deliver more high-quality musical entertainment.

The concert will be held on 16 March at the Bectric Recreation Reserve.

The Bectric Hall is 120 years old and the country’s last-standing pise hall (which uses rammed-earth building techniques), and part of the funds raised will go towards maintaining the historic venue.

“This year’s concert will see some fresh, new, amazing local talent take to the stage,” Bectric Hall committee secretary and event organiser Debbie Coddington said.

“You will be left spellbound with the amazing local talent that will be showcased and our artists won’t disappoint.

“It gives Temora and surrounding communities somewhere to go, sit back, relax and enjoy live music at its best in the shade and under shade covers.”

The Bectric Rocks concert will see local talent converge for a musical extravaganza aiming to raise much-needed funds not only for the upkeep of the hall but also for Open Minds Brighter Futures – Temora’s mental health awareness and support organisation.

Mrs Coddington said it was vital to hold events such as 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,” she said.

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Mrs Coddington said concert-goers should bring their fold-up chairs, smiles, and dancing shoes on the day.

“I’m sure it will be a fun-filled afternoon of live music,” she said.

A mobile stage hired from Temora Shire Council will be used to showcase the acts and provide a safe environment.

Performers in the afternoon will include Peter Hartwig, Tony Nicholls, Phill Maroney, Evamore (Ian Harper, Gerry Hanos, Col McCrone, Dave Fritsch, Ange Blackwell and Lachy Blackwell), Jen Irvine, Peter Pratt, Daryl and Dize Kemp and Martin Bushby, Lauren Wilesmith and other special guests.

Temora Mayor Rick Firman is set to open the concert officially with his mother, Beth Firman.

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There will also be a barbecue, soft drinks and the ever-popular, locally grown hot lamb gravy rolls on sale along with Mr Whippy ice-cream and coffee vans.

Kin & Co will provide its coffee van with various salads, treats, and gluten-free options.

Camping sites are also available, but these need to be booked well in advance as this is an extra cost, and there is a limit on how many vans are allowed on site.

The cost for the event is $20 per head at the gate. A booking for a campsite is $15 per van per night.

This year, Col Perry will provide a bus service that will leave Paleface Park at 2 pm, and those wishing to book a campsite or the bus are encouraged to contact Mrs Coddington on 0409 898656 by Monday, 11 March.

For bookings and more information, also contact Mrs Coddington.

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