Have your dancing shoes at the ready as the Trundle ABBA Festival welcomes Chanel 7’s Dancing With The Stars regulars Alana Patience and Carmelo Pizzino to the 2015 Festival!
For the last ten years, Alana has been a resident professional on Channel 7's Dancing With The Stars and won the coveted Mirrorball trophy in 2010 with Better Homes and Gardens carpenter Rob Palmer, and won the following 2011 series with Celebrity Chef Manu Feildel.
After six series on the hit show Carmelo has been partnered with some of the most high profile celebrities, such as Kylie Gillies, Lara Bingle and in 2012, television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerly.
Carmelo was most recently a grand finalist on the show with Home and Away icon Lynne McGranger.
Alana and Carmelo are now stars in their own right and will bring some serious sparkle, glitz and glamour to the dance floor at the ABBA Festival in Trundle NSW.
On Saturday, May 2, the dancers will be showing off their serious talent in a special dance display for the crowd, which is sure to get revellers on their feet.
Festival goers will once again have the chance to boogie with the stars as they suggest some moves and provide some pointers to the 'Disco Dance' competition hopefuls.
Entrants will use their skills, stamina and style to out-dance their fellow competitors until the final dance-off.
The 'Best Dancer', as judged by the crowd and the professionals, will receive a cash prize, as well as the glory of being the Disco Dance Champion of the 2015 Trundle ABBA Festival!
For the first time in 2015, Alana and Carmelo will also be holding a free dance classes exclusively for local dance students.
Trundle mini-groovers will have a chance to get their boogie on and learn some inside tips and tricks from the pros. Participants will have Alana and Carmelo all to themselves for two private 40 minute sessions - an experience the local youngsters are sure never to forget!
Festival Secretary Pam Crowley is thrilled to be introducing this new event.
“Having Alana and Carmelo run these fabulous classes provides a truly once in a lifetime opportunity for our local dancers,” Pam said.
“These types of festival inclusions are also what we believe the Trundle ABBA Festival is all about; supporting our small town and providing fun and unique experiences for the whole family.”
We supply the a cabin-style, freestanding tent (3.6m x 2.7m) with awning. A camping stretcher is supplied, higher than normal, allowing room for an overnight bag to be placed under the bed. The tents are carpeted(!) and have lights. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag and pillow. Tent town will be a short walk from the Festival. Should extra beds be required, please contact 0428 378 088.
Cost of the tent, for 3 people, for the whole weekend, is $230.
Well we went, we saw, we danced ! What a strange weekend - but very interesting time. It started with a long 14 hour drive to get there - which had to be repeated to get home. The traveling was definitely not the highlight lol
Just in case anyone may be interested in some of what goes on there, here is a run down:
Trundle ABBA Festival 2 May 2015
Trundle ABBA Festival 2015 was truly an amazing event. A small town in Central West NSW with a population of under 700 stages the only major ABBA event in Australia each year - and this year it was apparently 3 times larger than last year - so it's growing all the time. There were over 1500 extra people in this little town for the ABBA Festival - I can tell you, it was overflowing with people from all over NSW - plus others from even further afield, including QLD. Such an amazing atmosphere - everyone was there to have a good time and that is exactly what they did ! The town's folk were wonderful - so friendly - and all in the spirit of the festival. I have no doubt at all that this Festival will continue to evolve, improve and grow - this was only the 4th year. It was said that there weren't a lot of ABBA fans there because they didn't know about it - well, everyone else knew about it, that's for sure !
The ABBA train was a huge success - carrying lots of Festival goers from Forbes, Parkes and Bogan Gate - and everyone already in town went down to the station at Trundle to watch it's arrival - it was a real event in itself watching everyone disembark in their costumes lol
Very few people wore actual ABBA costumes as you can already tell from the photos - mostly Mamma Mia inspired outfits or 70's style costumes.
We stayed at the Super Trouper Campground in Tent Town - a fabulous set up by Pete with large tents, lighting for the night time, 24 hour coffee station (much needed lol) and bacon & egg rolls in the mornings - and major thanks to Pete for giving us a blow up double mattress for our tent The showground was packed with tents, caravans, campervans - I was amazed at how many people were there - and at night there was a great campfire to hang out at (after festivities of course).
A full program - and I actually found it hard to keep up with it - mainly because I ended up spending so much time having lovely chats with locals and other visitors - including a nice young English girl who came to Australia a few years ago, visited Trundle, and decided to stay ! She works as a rouseabout and loves it there !
I actually have very few photos unfortunately, but this is because both my hubby and myself were too involved in the fun ! but this one was early on in the day:
This is the back of the Hotel where they did the Wedding Vow renewal ceremony as well as the singing competition - and later had Live music playing till around midnight - yep, it needs some work lol but they host a fantastic party - and the service is excellent !
The I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do wedding vow renewal ceremony was so funny with all words coming straight from ABBA lyrics of course - and the Reverend and others who did the readings were classics !
So next came the singing competition - now that was an experience I will never forget ! hilarious in parts - painful in other parts - but overall such great fun ! I even got taken on stage by a lovely group of ladies to perform Rock Me with them - what a hoot lol
A little snippet of the Rock Me performance:
My hubby was still trying to work out the new camera - and had already had a few by this time, so this could explain the quality of this little snippet of my time with the ladies on stage lol - as you can see, I didn't get near the microphone too often - except one time - but I didn't care, I was enjoying dancing. There are a few little snippets of this performance, but I think one is enough lol maybe John should not have stood behind the big fella !
These fabulous ladies were doing sign language to Honey Honey - they were so good and so funny ! They are teachers for the deaf - and they are great ladies.
The winner of the singing comp was a lovely young guy who made use of previous entrants to be his back up singers - he performed Super Trouper. I think it was rigged though - he was a local !
My Fernando dress was a hit - even with those who did not necessarily know it was an ABBA dress lol - I was asked later by a few different people if I had won the fashion competition in that dress - unfortunately I did not enter the competition - and if you take a good look at the style of most of the costumes, you'll agree, I probably wouldn't have won ! lol
The ladies in the bottom pic were the winners.
I decided it was time for a change then, so headed to our tent before heading back to the hotel - I was actually getting a little tipsy myself by this time - hence the slightly sloppy appearance of my dress ! lol
Then it was back down to the Memorial Hall for the dance exhibition - and dance competition. The 2 performers from Dancing With The Stars were fabulous (Alana Patience & Carmelo Pizzino) - everyone loved it - but this time, the bad video footage was my doing - and amazingly, I found someone standing up that I could stand behind while filming also LOL but at least this shows proof that John was actually there with me - what do you think of his t-shirt ?
Next came the dance competition. We were encouraged to get up and dance by a very nice lady from Northern Riverina who held my bag - on more than one occasion - and filmed us. We were not the first ones eliminated, but we didn't make it to the end - I was a little disappointed when Alana touched my arm lol
The dance competition was a real laugh - and the winners were not a surprise. The first couple were the runners up - the second couple were the winners. Classics lol
After this, it was time for a beautiful freshly cooked pizza at the back of the Hotel - where the stage was being set for Live music with Rock Bottom - great band - and what a beautiful setting in the beer garden:
And then, it was concert time with Bjorn Again:
After the concert, it was back to the Hotel for the Live music which played the whole time as not everyone went to the concert.
There were buskers in the main street - some of whom were quite painful to listen to - but it added to the atmosphere having Live music playing in different locations all morning as people were arriving in town - and good on them for having a go ! The singing competition was also painful to listen to at times - but again, I applaud everyone who was brave enough to get up on that stage and have some fun.
The Hotel may be in need of repair, but this is what this Festival is partly about - saving their town - and helping to restore it to what it should be - and honestly, the beer garden area out the back is just perfect for the activities hosted there - the staff are lovely, and the service is great - and who wouldn't enjoy watching a Live band in this setting ?
And let's not forget the merchandise ! There were plenty of food tents and vans as well - very well catered for:
WIN News Central West did a little story on the Festival and you can check that out here:
And if you need accommodation, be sure to book a tent with Pete at Tent Town - when the time comes. There is very little other accommodation in Trundle, and it gets booked out pretty early on. Other alternative is to stay in Parkes and jump on the ABBA train ! Or bring a caravan !!