Rock ‘n’ roll fans, get ready for summer! The touring regional festival ‘The Red Hot Summer Tour’ is coming to The Hills.
In February, Bella Vista Farm will host international queen of rock Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish.
Promoter Duane McDonald said it’s an exciting time to be part of the Australian touring festival scene and can’t wait to take the Red Hot Summer Tour brand into new areas.
“We have had wonderful support over the past eight years since we launched the Red Hot Summer Tour,” he said.
“We wanted to make sure we could bring top-notch music to regional areas and audiences have embraced that concept...and we will be launching shows in new venues in 2018, including Western Australia for the first time ever.”
After a sold out tour in 2014, Suzi Quatro is back to headline the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll line up.
“I will retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence,” Quatro said.
Aussie rock doesn’t get much more powerful than The Screaming Jets.
After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014, they released a new album in 2016 titled Chrome, which showed the band were still rockin’ as hard as when they first hit the stage in Newcastle in 1989.
Scott Kingman, The Screaming Jets’ guitarist, has been with the band for the past 12 years and said Baby Animals and The Screaming Jets share a fond relationship.
“We’re stoked to be playing alongside the Baby Animals – and all the other great bands. They’re old friends of all of ours and are very well respected from our lads,” he said.
“It’ll be a full on rockin’ show! We’re all looking forward to it.”
Music runs in the blood for Suze DeMarchi, lead singer and guitarist of Baby Animals.
“My mum was a singer so I was surrounded by music while I was growing up,’’ DeMarchi said.
“We listened to a variety of great music throughout the years.
“I didn’t really discover my voice until I was 17-years-old, when I auditioned for a band and got the gig.”
DeMarchi grew up listening to a lot of 70s English rock.
“Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, The Rolling Stones, The Pretenders and Cream were big influences for me,” she said.
“I had a massive record collection and was very much into rock bands in my teens. I still listen to the same classics to this day.”
- Noon on February 4 at Bella Vista Farm, Norwest Boulevard and Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista.
- Tickets: $109.90. Bookings: 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au.