Non-stop rock at The Loft

WARRNAMBOOL music festival Arockalypse returned to The Loft on the weekend with a massive line-up.

The Hidden Venture perform at the Loft’s Arockalypse 12-hour gig. 
140608RG44 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

The Hidden Venture perform at the Loft’s Arockalypse 12-hour gig.  140608RG44 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Over four days, the city’s premier original music venue became an indoor festival for the third year running, starting with a rocking local line-up on Friday night.

Sunday was the main day with music playing non-stop from 1pm until 1am, with 22 bands/musicians fronting two stages over the 12 hours.

The Loft owner Jarrod Hawker said the weekend had started off strongly on Friday night with Tank Dilemma, Buddha in a Chocolate Box and Kashmere Club taking to the stage.

“Like every year, it sold out,” Mr Hawker said. 

On Saturday night, Tom Richardson, Aurora Jane and Blackwood Jack performed.

Sunday’s line-up was headlined by Melbourne act Dallas Frasca who joined a long list of national bands including Sex On Toast, The Harlots, Jack, Jack, Jack and The Go Set.

Warrnambool rock bands Alfa Tides and King Evil also played on the main stage and during breaks local artists including Mick Ferguson, Jordan Lockett, Jake Gellert and Alex Francis took to the solo stage.

Mr Hawker said the event was unique for a regional town.

“The idea is to showcase the best bands and musicians from the last 12 months,” he said.

“We see bands week-in, week-out that blow minds. 

“Getting them all together in one place and having this show helps to grow their fan base.”

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