ROCK 'N' ROLL: Swing dancers keep up with the live music at the Waterhole Rocks festival in Nanango.
ROCK 'N' ROLL: Swing dancers keep up with the live music at the Waterhole Rocks festival in Nanango. Jessica McGrath

Rock your socks off at Waterhole Rocks

NANANGO'S nationally renowned Waterhole Rocks event is back for its eighth year, showcasing vintage dresses and suits and a whole lot of rock 'n' roll.

Taking place from Thursday to Sunday, October 17-20, and for only $45, visitors have the chance to experience four days of quality music and dancing all within a vintage environment.

Terry Mackrell said 240 vans were already booked in to stay at the Nanango Showgrounds for the weekend, with many more to come.

"These people have come from as far as Perth and Tasmania and are already excited to arrive,” he said.

Despite the well-known quality of the event, Mr Mackrell said not many South Burnett residents went to enjoy it.

"The percentage is very small - less than 10 per cent are visiting from the area,” he said.

"It's because they don't know enough about it, and that they don't know how fun it is.”

Mr Mackrell said even if you didn't want to dance, the event also had a great variety of stalls to suit the vintage theme.

"These stalls sell rock 'n' roll shoes, dresses and anything in the era of rock 'n' roll,” he said.

"One shoe shop sold out of shoes, and a good pair can be up to $180-200.”

If you want to fit in further, there will also be hair stylers and make-up people on site.

Mr Mackrell said people of all ages could get involved in the rock 'n' roll spirit and enjoy themselves.

"As well as being on the committee, I also hold dance lessons at the RSL club. Everyone loves it when they give it a chance,” he said.

"It's good to see the kids getting into the culture of rock 'n' roll. It shows that it's here to stay.”

While the younger generation is learning how to get involved, the Nanango Show Society would love to have more youths volunteering.

"It can be quite a bit of work at times, but it's all worth it when you see everyone dancing, the whole place is bopping and it's just so worthwhile,” Mr Mackrell said.