From Aussie rock classics to traditional folk tunes, last Saturday’s Red Hot Summer Tour at the Mulwala Water Ski Club had it all.
CEO Peter Duncan said the crowds were lining up before the gates even opened with everyone on their best behaviour.
“We had just over 3,000 people through the door which is an ideal capacity,” he said.
“Not only that there was a great mix of both young and old to witness the cream of Australian rock music.
“Our bar sales were fantastic and we have had some great feedback for the event.
“Right from the first act, Pseudo Echo, each group had the crowd going; I think everyone was extremely happy with all the acts.
“We are starting to gear up for 2018, we can’t wait.”
The Mulwala Water Ski Club certainly catered for the heat with the very popular Spray Pavilion being utilised throughout the day with many punters grateful for the reprieve of the cold misted water.
Upfront in the ‘mosh pit’ staff walked the length of the stage during the breaks between the acts with a mobile mister, providing the dedicated music lovers a little bit of relief.
Pseudo Echo, Models and Shannon Noll kicked off the concert with some absolute classic hits.
Pseudo Echo opened the event and what a fantastic overture it was; despite the afternoon heat the band soon had the crowd dancing and singing along, paving the way for 80s indie band Models.
The Models music was thought-provoking and the old rockers showed the crowd they still had the “it” factor.
Arguably the highlight of Shannon Noll’s set was the iconic anthem “Waltzing Matilda” with much thong slapping, cheering and a mass sing-a-long from the crowd.
Daryl Braithwaite earned the biggest cheer of the evening when he launched into his hit song Horses.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle posted a video of this performance on its Facebook page and with upwards of 9,000 views, more than 100 likes plus a myriad of shares Braithwaite’s universal appeal is undisputed.
James Reyne was a highlight for many and when he sang his moving ballad “Reckless” the crowd rose as one, their combined voices ringing out across the lake.
The headline act of the evening was Icehouse, with front man Iva Davies displaying his consummate talent with every hit song; the intensity and stage presence of the band had the audience captivated from the moment Iva Davies walked onto the stage to the strumming of the final chord.
One concert goer, Jenni Schulz, summed it up when she posted on the Chronicle’s Facebook page her appreciation of the event.
“Was fantastic to be there,” Jenni said.
“Great weather, great atmosphere and great crowd.
“And, of course, great Aussie talent.
“Keen already for Red Hot Summer 2018.”