OZ Rock (1955 - 1975) - A Timeline of Events

Welcome to an interactive history of Australian Rock between 1955 and 1975

;xSTx;FONT color=#f79411;xETx;These days Australian rock and pop music is well known throughout the world, thanks to acts like INXS, AC/DC, Crowded House, Silverchair and Kylie Minogue, just to mention a few - but this is a comparatively recent phenomenon. ;xSTx;BR;xETx;;xSTx;BR;xETx;;xSTx;FONT color=yellow;xETx;Although Aussie bands and artists of the 50s, '60s and '70s were demonstrably as good as, and often better than, their English and American counterparts, few had the chance to prove themselves to world audiences, and the wealth of Australian pop and rock produced in this era remains one of the music world's best-kept secrets. ;xSTx;BR;xETx;;xSTx;BR;xETx;;xSTx;FONT color=red;xETx;This site aims to shed some light on the men and women of the Australian Rock scene between 1955 and 1975 and the historical and cultural context in which the Australian music scene developed during this time. ;xSTx;/FONT;xETx;;xSTx;/FONT;xETx;;xSTx;/FONT;xETx;

Lonnie Lee

A pioneer of early Australian rockabilly music, at the peak of his career, Lee had eight top 100 singles on the national charts. Seven of them peaked in the top 40, including three top 20's and two top tens. His highest peaking song on the national charts was a #2. He achieved five Gold Records. He had his last hit with 'Sad Over Someone' in (1969), but still continues to tour and perform.

Odyssey (Wallacia) Pop Festival

Inspired by their Ourimbah experience the promoters staged The Odyssey Pop Festival at Wallacia in a green valley, near the Blue Mountains a year later.

Aquarius Festival Of University Arts

The Aquarius Arts Festival, held over eight days in May 1971 on the campus of the Australian National University in Canberra. Parts of this festival were filmed in colour by Phil Noyce and released as the 1-hour documentary Good Afternoon

Aquarius Festival Nimbin

The decision to hold the Aquarius festival in the northern NSW village of Nimbin has had a major effect on the subsequent history of that region.

Bungool Festival Of Music

The Bungool Festival of Music was held over three days from 30 December 1972 to 1 January 1973 at a camping ground and recreation area at Bungool on the banks of the Hawkesbury River near Cattai, north of Windsor NSW, about 60 kms north-west of Sydney.

Fairlight - "The Timeless Trip"

The Fairlight Festival was held on the Easter long weekend of April 1971 and boasted a strong line-up of Sydney-based bands.

Meadows Technicolor Fair

Which big rock event/festival was held on the Australia day weekend of 1972, was in a southern Australian state, had three well known international acts, eleven top Aussie bands, three well known front men as comperes, was very successful, went off to plan, had great weather and ... wait for it ... 30,000 people attended. No! not Sunbury '72. but rather - Meadows Technicolour Fair.

Myponga Festival (SA)

"The Australian Festival Of Progressive Music" at Myponga, was held on a barren paddock in the middle of South Australia.

Rock Isle (Mulwala) Festival (NSW)

The Rock Isle Mulwala Festival was held over the Easter long weekend from 31 March to 2 April 1972. The event is almost forgotten today. The exact site of the festival is not exactly known, but it was held on the northern side of the river, presumably some distance out of town.

Sunbury Festival (VIC)

For better or worse, Sunbury '72 is now widely regarded as the archetypal Aussie rock festival, and is often referred to as "our Woodstock". It is significant because of the time, the place and the performers, but also because it was virtually the only festival of the period to make a healthy profit and the only one that - at least for a few years - became an annual event.

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