The Australian Motoring Festival is on this weekend at the Melbourne Show Grounds and this year adds an exciting live music aspect including feature performances by Aussie rock icons Choirboys and Thirsty Merc. Connecting car lovers and enthusiasts, manufacturers and importers and families like never before in Australia the festival also features a full music festival style roster. The Entertainment Zone music program produced by the team here at Pearl features the two headline evening shows and afternoon features across the the whole weekend from a-listers Jimi Hocking, Fiona Boyes, Michael Spiby, Dave Leslie, Tim Morrison and too many more to mention!!

THIRSTY MERC are one of Australia’s finest live acts. Such a claim is rarely upheld but even the most hardened media agree: Thirsty Merc’s live shows demonstrate some of the best musicianship Australia has to offer. They have sold over 200,000 albums, scored a #1 iTunes single with ’20 Good Reasons’ and been nominated for a handful of ARIA & APRA awards. With three critically acclaimed studio albums under their belt, 2014 saw the ‘Merc’ back in action with the release of their Acoustic Anniversary Album comprised of acoustic interpretations of fan favourites like ‘Someday Someday’, ‘In The Summertime’, and ‘Mousetrap Heart’. These new recordings showcase the band’s exemplary level of musicianship and show-off their backgrounds as accomplished jazz musicians. After completing two successful tours throughout 2014 the boys are well warmed up, full of energy and ready to hit the stage.

30 years ago, at Mark Gable’s home in Church Point on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the CHOIRBOYS were formed. Armed with a humble 4-track studio setup in the bedsit, the band would gather to create music. These demos would lead CHOIRBOYS to their first recording deal with Alberts. The CHOIRBOYS journey had begun. No one expected it would lead them into the hearts of the Australian public and the history pages of Australian Music.

The iconic CHOIRBOYS are now an essential part of our Australian culture having penned one of Australia’s unofficial anthems ‘Run To Paradise’. With other great Aussie rock hits such as ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, ‘Struggle Town’ and ‘Never Gonna Die’, CHOIRBOYS epitomise the essence of the Australian pub-culture are viewed by many as the quintessential Australian rock band. It is a fact that CHOIRBOYS have been entertaining the young and old for 30 years. They have multi-platinum albums and have survived when so many others have fallen.

So why stay around so long? “Because we bloody love it!” says Gable with much enthusiasm. “CHOIRBOYS is exactly the kind of band that I always wanted to be in as a kid, so why not keep on doing it till you die. It is so much fun being in this band.”

The Australian Motoring Festival has something to keep everyone busy, including demonstration tracks, showrooms, the History that Moves exhibit and Mossgreen auction, family fun and entertainment, a comprehensive retail hub, plus much more, there is going to be something for everyone.

Entertainment Zone – Live Stage

Thursday 26 March
12pm – Mick Pealing & Chris Wilson
2pm – Bo Jenkins
4pm – Tim Morrison
6pm – Chris Doheny (Geisha) & Tony Featherstone (The Badloves)

Friday 27 March
12pm – Dave Leslie (Baby Animals) & Jaime Holland (Deep Creek Road)
2pm – Fiona Boyes
4pm – Paul Woseen & Scott Kingman (The Screaming Jets)
6pm – The Choirboys

Saturday 28 March
12pm – Michael Spiby (The Badloves)
2pm – Mick Pealing & Chris Wilson
4pm – Jimi Hocking
6pm – Thirsty Merc

Sunday 29 March
12pm – Chris Doheny (Geisha) & Tony Featherstone (The Badloves)
2pm – Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers
4pm – Paul Woseen & Scott Kingman (The Screaming Jets)

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