Thompsons Beach has still got the blues

January 10, 2018

Big get: Mason Rack Band will be one of many star-studded acts to headline the inaugural Blues Fest at Thompsons Beach on January 27.

For years it held its own as one of Australia’s most popular musical festivals. But with the Peaches and Cream concerts now long defunct, Thompsons Beach will finally be welcoming a new breed of music festival to Cobram-Barooga.

The inaugural Thompsons Beach Blues Tour will be taking place on the Australia Day long weekend and will look to evoke memories of Peaches and Cream, which was so prominent in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

The Saturday night will see some of Australia’s finest blues musicians take to the stage from 6pm. These include the acclaimed Brett Hunt; Claude Hay, who is fresh off a huge tour of Europe; and soul heavyweight Greg Nunan and the General Jacksons, as well as Aussie blues royalty Mason Rack Band.

Tickets are $30. Entry is free for kids under 12.

Nunan, a former local, said he was thrilled to be playing at the inaugural festival.

‘‘I grew up in Cobram and remember being deep in the mosh pit listening to bands like Powderfinger, Midnight Oil and Silverchair,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s an honour to play a set on the same beach all those legends did all those years ago. It’s also an honour to play alongside this year’s line-up with some Aussie blues royalty in the house.’’

Nunan has gained notoriety on the blues scene in Sydney and collaborated with KU de ’TA cafe to create the line-up.

To set the scene for the family-friendly event, a free twilight farmers’ market will take place on the Friday, starting at 4pm.

There will be 50 stalls on offer, rides for the kids and live music from up-and-coming Cobram band The Delirious from 8pm.

KU de ’TA’s Ella George said the blues tour would help fill the hole left by the legacy of Peaches and Cream.

‘‘Cobram has wanted more in the way of live music and family-friendly events,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be great to see all age groups joining to listen to good blues music and take in the beautiful atmosphere of Thompsons Beach.’’

Ms George said KU de ’TA hoped to make the festival an annual event and grow it substantially each year.

She hoped the inaugural event would attract about 1500 to 2000 people.

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