Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rock and Rolling Hills; Day on the Green at Armidale Makes Spectacular Debut

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Rock and Rolling Hills; Day on the Green at Armidale Makes Spectacular Debut

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Byline: LESLEY APPS

OBVIOUSLY the weather gods are fans of retro Australian rock as they were certainly smiling upon us on Saturday in Armidale as the New England city made its Day on the Green debut on a gloriously, sunny autumn afternoon.

The hillside at Petersen's Winery, a couple of kilometres outside the CBD, proved to be a perfect venue for such a gathering, the natural amphitheatre, courtesy of the gentle slope of the land, was packed with more than 6000 eager music fans, decked out with deck chairs and Aussie-flavoured attire.

The backdrop of rolling hills and sapphire sky set the scene for the showcase of Aussie talent about to parade their wares and show us they haven't lost the gloss they were famous for back in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

The first trip back was to the '80s, courtesy of the still-as-loud Choirboys.

Despite the broad daylight and searing afternoon sun, the classic pub rock band managed to get a few revellers up and out of their chairs to kick up the turf stage-front, rocking to their anthems Boys will be Boys and Run to Paradise reliably delivered by the band's vocal powerhouse Mark Gable.

Providing the musical links between band set-ups was DJ Grand Master Baitz whose selection of Aussie classics from the likes of Jo Jo Zep, Eurogliders, The Flowers, Models and The Church, coupled with his party-guy antics kept spectators amused in between gear changes.

Dragon were next to set the stage alight and despite lacking the integral frontman, the late Marc Hunter, the band did well thanks to their fellow Kiwi artist Mark CyShow No Mercy' Williams taking on lead vocal duties.

Todd Hunter lacked Williams' energy but he was never really known for his stage persona, rather song-writing contributions.

With a few April Sun in Cubas, Are You Old Enoughs and contradictory but compulsory delivery of Rain, the hillside began to come alive with pockets popping up to dance, no doubt loosened up a little by the selection of Petersen's wines on offer. …

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