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Bigger and better UNIFY
All the way from the UK, lead vocalist Eddy Brewerton of emo band Moose Blood had
the crowd singing along and moshing hard during their Saturday afternoon set at UNIFY.
The Tarwin Football Netball Club did a roaring trade across the three days at UNIFY Festi-
val selling hot food and drinks. Ben Ellen, Tarwin president Anthony Hullick and Blake Van
Rooy were on deck to help raise funds for the Sharks. Rg230317
Helping out at the Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower and District Mens Shed’s food stall at UNIFY
were back, President John Hyett, Dylan Gervasoni, Adrian Watkin and Bailey Woods. Front,
Doug Grigg, Wendy Don and Roger Watkin. Rg240317
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down on Sunday, with the introduction of an
The expansion to three days proved a hit
with attendees, with UNIFY selling out in the
week leading up to the festival.
“We asked all of our previous ticket buyers
if they would like to do two nights and it was
very clear that’s what they wanted so we made
it happen,” Aidan said.
“We had just over 40 per cent of tickethold-
ers this year come from interstate, and then a
bunch of internationals, so by the time they get
all the way down here and set up their tents,
one night goes pretty quickly.
“We’re really proud of the whole team that
makes it happen and for the local community
for embracing it. Thanks to every single local
person that’s helped make it happen. ”
DRESSING up and acting as someone com-
pletely different for a day while having a good
time attracted Korumburra’s David Hurst and
his three children to the Coal Creek Geek Fest
over the weekend.
David loves Star Wars and came dressed as a
Shadow Stormtrooper, which doesn’t appear in
any of the trilogy’s movies yet, but features in
the Battlefront video game and in some of the
Star Wars books.
He said the Geek Fest is a great way to meet
“Under the helmet and everything you can be
whoever you want, no one knows who you are,”
“To see kids come around asking for photos
is great fun. It makes your day when you see a
kid ask for a photo.”
The costume is one of eight of its kind in Aus-
tralia, and is worth about $2500.
The outfit arrived as a kit and took a few months
to build, and isn’t 100 per cent finished yet.
It even has hands-free microphone with speaker,
allowing David to speak like a Stormtrooper.
Geeks came from far and wide for the festival,
which expanded to Saturday and Sunday this year.
Coal Creek co-ordinator Rowena Ashley said
numbers at the event were on par with last year.
“The feedback we got last year from a lot of
the stallholders was that if you’re going to do it,
you need to run it for two days,” she said.
“Some of our performers have booked into
motels here, so that’s great locally.
“It’s a good vibe in the park, everyone’s just
“For me the word’s out there now so we’ve
got people coming from outside of the area as
well as locally, so it means that it’s got it stamp
on being a local event, but people know these
events are on during the holiday period.
“It’s great to see a good cross-section of the
local community here to help. The amount of
volunteers that come to help with this is getting
on par with how they help with Halloween.”
at Coal Creek
Korumburra’s Milly Hurst (X-wing pilot) and David Hurst (Shadow Stormtrooper) enjoyed
a day out at the Coal Creek Geek Fest. rg080317
The Nerd Addicts visited the Coal Creek Geek Fest on Saturday and joined forces with
Ruby firefighters. George Christodoulou (Shadow), Willard Dacion (Blackout), Tim Hard-
acre, Darren Hardacre, Ethan Moorfoot (Technician) and Walter Bolitho (Whiplash) and
Michael Guest enjoyed the festivities. Rg040317
The Star Queens wowed the crowd at Geek
Fest with a ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ in-
spired performance. rg060317
James Graewolfe, Ellysia Coutts-Hawking
and Helena Millett were amongst the Mel-
bourne visitors at Geek Fest. rg070317
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