About the festival

Cooly Rocks On will be back!

8-12 June 2022

Cooly Rocks On has evolved into Australia’s largest nostalgia festival. A signature event on Queensland’s calendar, the festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far looking to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear as the beachside destination of Coolangatta comes to life across five action-packed days.

In 2022, Cooly Rocks On will return with a packed lineup featuring the best rock ‘n’ roll, swing, rockabilly and tribute artists from around Australia and internationally, set to turn back the clock on Coolangatta as they dish out the tunes of yesteryear! In a unique offering, Cooly Rocks On is one out of ten festivals held around the world to host the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, an Elvis Presley Enterprises event.

So much more than just the music, the festival offers a strong motors element, featuring over 1,000 vehicles on display across the festival with what is renowned as one of Australia’s best Show ‘N’ Shine displays, a Kustom Kulture precinct showcasing hot rods, kustom vehicles, lowbrow art PLUS several Car Runs taking off from Coolangatta, allowing die-hard motor enthusiasts to convoy to various locations across the Gold Coast.

Now, to put the cherry on top, Cooly Rocks On wouldn’t be the festival it is without celebrating the Lifestyle of yesteryear. The festival hosts its very own Pin-up Pageant celebrating the classic and rockabilly styles, the Harvest Moon Swing Ball, a 1940s style shindig that provides plenty of time for attendees to dance the night away. But that’s not all! You’ll have the chance to shop the largest range of retro goods, vintage finds, nostalgia and memorabilia from the era’s gone by with a huge number of Markets along the beachfront across the five days. 

With so much to do across five-action packed days, there’s something for everyone at Cooly Rocks On!

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