Zoo FM and Lazy River Estate are excited to announce the inaugural Riverfest food wine and music festival featuring 10 of the biggest Australian acts of the 80s at Dubbos very own Lazy River Estate.
The picturesque Lazy River Estate is the perfect venue to kick back and enjoy some fabulous locally sourced food wine and beer and a cavalcade of 80s hit-makers.
“We are very excited to be hosting Riverfest at Lazy River Estate. Riverfest brings together a great bunch of artists with a local collaboration of renouned Dubbo Restaurants matched with regional wines. Focusing on great music, fantastic local food and regional wine, we are looking forward to a great day on the banks of the Macquarie River!” – Pam & Peter Scott, Lazy River Estate
“I’m so very excited and privileged to be a part of Riverfest I and Zoo FM can’t wait” – Matho (Zoo FM)
GLENN SHORROCK founding member of pop groups The Twilights, Axiom and Little River Band as well as being a solo performer. The Twilights had eight consecutive national hit singles including Needle in a Haystack and What’s Wrong with the Way I Live. Axiom’s top 10 hits were Arkansas Grass, Little Ray of Sunshine and My Baby’s Gone. Little River Band had national and international chart success, including the Shorrock-penned Emma, Help Is on Its Way and Cool Change. Shorrock was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1991 and as a member of Little River Band in 2004. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association , as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named Cool Change as one of the APRA Top 30 Australian songs of all time.
WENDY MATTHEWS is an honorary Aussie having been born in Canada and moved to Australia to sing back-up vocals at the invitation of Glenn Shorrock for his 1983 Australian tour. That 6 week visit became rather extended as Wendy found herself in demand as a session vocalist and singing jingles. She sang on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton, Tim Finn and Icehouse. After singing backing vocals on Models’ 1985 album Out of Mind, Out of Sight, she became a regular vocalist for the band. Wendy, along with The Models’ Sean Kelly and James Valentine, Garry Gary Beers of INXS, Roger Mason and Mick King formed the all-star Absent Friends and Wendy featured as lead vocalist on I Don’t Wanna Be with Nobody but You which reached No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Wendy now enjoys a solo career. Her soulful sound and crystal clear vocals helped make tracks like Token Angels, Let’s Kiss (Like Angels Do) and The Day You Went Away become huge hits for this multiple ARIA Award winner.
JOHN PAUL YOUNG, OAM, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, with a string of National and International hits including I Hate The Music, Yesterday’s Hero, Standing in the Rain and, of course, Love is in the Air, resulting in over 4 million record sales and cementing him a place in our music history. JPY was a Countdown regular, as both guest presenter, co-host and performer and his music became the soundtrack to the countdown generation, launching a career spanning more than 40 years. Along with performing, John has had equal successes in radio, television and theatre, including a Helpmann Award nomination for best supporting artist. In 2009, John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012, his 40th year in the industry, John was honoured with an Order of Australia for his services to charity and the music industry.
DRAGON formed in Auckland in 1972, relocating to Sydney in 1975, led by enigmatic lead singer, Marc Hunter, and currently led by his brother bass player, Todd Hunter. DRAGON had the nation in mass sing-alongs with their hits the No. 1 smash, Are You Old Enough, Still in Love with You, Rain, O Zambezi and 1977’s hit summer anthem, April Sun in Cuba. DRAGON’s imprint on a generation was affirmed when Are You Old Enough? was used in the opening credits of the hit TV series, Puberty Blues. DRAGON achieved legendary status in 2008 when they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with a string of sell out shows across the country.
Known for enduring hits such as That’s When I Think of You, Compulsory Hero, ‘To Love Me, Scars, Don’t Forget Me, and, of course, If I Could, 1927 made a devastating entry into the ears of its listeners with the Quintuple Platinum selling album …ish in 1988, which earned the band a slew of ARIA Awards as well as a lot of fans along the way. Following up …ish with the multi-platinum second album The Otherside, a self-titled third album, and countless live shows at home and abroad, the last couple of decades have certainly earned 1927 legendary status. Not content to rest on their laurels, after more than ten years, 1927 released a new studio album Generation I in 2013. It may just be the band’s finest album yet.
CHOCOLATE STARFISH burst on to the charts in 1993 with their classic cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. A string of original hits followed, including Mountain, Four Letter Word and Accidentally Cool. CHOCOLATE STARFISH released just two albums before taking some time out – 1994′s self-titled debut (which spent two months in the Top 10) and 1995′s Box (which reached number six). CHOCOLATE STARFISH was Australia’s hardest-working band in the ’90s, playing more than 700 gigs between 1993 and 1997, once doing 22 nights in a row. The band never officially broke up, they just simply stopped playing in 1997. Fast forward to now and the band have recently released an acoustic record Born Again Versions and returned to doing what they do best performing with all the joie de vivre they are renowned for.
SHANE HOWARD is one of Australia’s most important and influential writers and singers – he combines a deep understanding of poetic & musical folk traditions, as well as capturing something essential of the spirit of Australia, through his words and music. Shane was the founding member of legendary band, Goanna, who released three albums. Spirit Of Place, released in 1982, was the first Australian album to go to the top of the charts in its first week of release. The album spawned the powerful and iconic hit song, Solid Rock, which to this day, continues to be heard across the airwaves. SHANE HOWARD went on to release solo albums and has gained an incredible number of accolades for his contribution to the folk & indigenous communities, as well as human right campaigns across the country. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2000, in recognition for his contribution to Australian musical life.
EUROGLIDERS took the charts by storm in the 1980s. Audiences were blown away, and Grace Knight captivated fans with her ‘manic ballerina’ stage persona. In 1984, Eurogliders released their album This Island, which spawned their No. 2 hit single, Heaven (Must Be There). Heaven also peaked at No. 21 on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and appeared on the Hot 100. Another Australian top ten album, Absolutely, followed in 1985, which provided three further top ten singles, We Will Together, The City of Soul and Can’t Wait to See You. Grace and Bernie, along with their superb band, have reunited to once again captivate audiences with their sophisticated and high-energy brand of pop.
“Compu-PU-pu-PU-pu-PU Computer Games”! If that chorus from the MI-SEX hit isn’t familiar to you then you didn’t live through the early 80’s. This international hit single preceded the glut of similar-sounding British chart entrants by a year or more and became one of the defining pop-rock songs of the Australasian music-scape. It ascended to #1 on the Australian charts during November ’79 and hit the top five in New Zealand. By April 1980 Computer Games had charted in more than 20 countries, and had peaked inside the top ten in Canada, France, Austria, Italy, West Germany and South Africa. It took lead singer, Steve Gilpin’s unfortunate death in 1992 to force MI-SEX underground for 20 years and the simple acceptance of an invitation by Steve Balbi to front MI-SEX at a private party and the Christchurch Quake Relief Concert to confirm the right chemistry that would once again ignite their passion for “live performance” and we couldn’t be happier.
Born and raised in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, SHARON O’NEILL, first began performing around the area with her acoustic guitar in the late 1960s before going on to be crowned Top Female Vocalist in the NZ Music Awards for three years running (1978, 1979, 1980) and heading across the ditch to Australia. With hits on both sides of the Tasman with Words and Don’t Let Love Go, SHARON O’NEILL, truly burst into our consciousness with Maxine, the super hit from her 1983 release Foreign Affairs, chronicling the life of a Kings Cross prostitute. It was a contractual dispute in the early 80s that forced Sharon to stop recording and focus on song writing leading to her writing for the hit ABC series, Sweet and Sour, including the title track, as well as songs for Dragon and Robert Palmer.
Saturday 16th September
Lazy River Estate, Dubbo
JOHN PAUL YOUNG
SHANE HOWARD OF GOANNA
On sale from Monday 8th May at 10am from www.ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100
*Transaction fees, processing fees and other charges may apply.
This is a fully licensed 18+ event
Strictly no BYO food or alcohol
No tables, tents or sun shelters are permitted
No umbrellas (even if it is raining) bring good quality raincoats and gumboots instead
Tickets are General Admission
SHOW TIME: 3.00PM
Marc Christowski. Vibe Creator - 0415 870 955
Samantha Leighton. Assistant Vibe Creator - 0414 888 987Isobel Christowski. Assistant Vibe Creator - 0416 633 084