Retro Rehash gets ready to see in new year in Katoomba

Only in a town like Katoomba could a single event unite five different music genres with a novelty seaside theme, in an olde-world nightclub.

This New Years Eve that’s exactly what’s happening at Retro Rehash’s Beached As Boogie Down at The Baroque Room.

Michael Smith and The Mountaineers, from lef, Sy Dyson, Ricardo Moreira, Tubby Wadsworth, Kolya Chan and Michael Smith.  Photo: Alia Grinvalds.

Michael Smith and The Mountaineers, from lef, Sy Dyson, Ricardo Moreira, Tubby Wadsworth, Kolya Chan and Michael Smith. Photo: Alia Grinvalds.

Echoing previous events, the night will be headlined by a group of local musicians led by one member from an influential Australian band. In other years it has been Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson, The Church’s Steve Kilbey, and even The Wiggles’ Murray Cook.

This year bassist Michael Smith, warmly remembered as a member of Australia’s most famous surf band, The Atlantics, will be performing a neat set of career-spanning covers.

With the event being spawned by Retro Rehash presenter Willem Hendriksen, the journey is one of digging through one’s musical past, which is a focused theme for the radio show, as is offering vital exposure to locally rising bands.

Ringing in the new year: Michael Smith and The Mountaineers (from left) Tubby Wadsworth, Sy Dyson, Kolya Chan, Michael Smith and Ricardo Moreira. Photo: Alia Grinvalds.

Ringing in the new year: Michael Smith and The Mountaineers (from left) Tubby Wadsworth, Sy Dyson, Kolya Chan, Michael Smith and Ricardo Moreira. Photo: Alia Grinvalds.

In this case, proceedings will be kicked off by fresh folk act Tally-Ho & The Ten To Go’s. K.T.B Project, also new to the scene, will be providing some hard-rock soul and swagger, while the uneasy drone rhythms of InLärm will inject some abstract punk flavours into the night. The vibrant psychedelic funk of Hibiscus Biscuit will be ringing in the new year.

Originals aside, expect some classic rock hits, a surprise TV theme and of course, The Atlantics 1963 single, Bombora. Offering prizes for best surf dressed while ultimately encouraging a supreme vibe of fun, attending Beached As Boogie Down will surely be the top way to celebrate the arrival of 2019.

Tickets are $15 for pre-sale or $20 at the door. For bookings call the Carrington Hotel on 4782 1111. Find out more on Facebook on the event page.