The festival will feature the eight-person Melbourne ska band Loonee Tunes, who will bring funky rhythms and a taste of Jamaica to the town. Market stalls, food and children’s entertainment will begin from 2pm, followed by a magical twilight lantern parade and music festival beginning from 5pm - offering a feast of entertainment for visitors.
April and Captain Koala will provide a fire-safety show for children during the afternoon, and there will be karate displays and other entertainment, as well as a host of market stalls and food and drink.
In the prelude to the headline act, salsa dance instructor, David Smile, will set the mood with a one-hour salsa dance class available to everyone. The Geelong region’s salsa legends Los Locos and young four-piece indi rock band Channel Marker will continue the beat.
Loonee Tunes is an eight-piece ska band influenced by “The Specials”. Ska originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was a precursor to rocksteady and reggae. It combines elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. Its hallmark is a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off-beat.