ROCK ON: Slydogz co-director and Stanthorpe Rocks promoter Ian Wade-Parker with two Carlton United Brewery representatives from Brisbane.
ROCK ON: Slydogz co-director and Stanthorpe Rocks promoter Ian Wade-Parker with two Carlton United Brewery representatives from Brisbane. Linden Morris

This town sure does rock

TWO words can effectively sum up Saturday - Stanthorpe Rocks.

The inaugural concert put on by Slydogz co-directors Ian and Karen Wade-Parker and their hard working team was a huge success with some 1800 plus people filling the Ballandean Estate Wines venue for an afternoon and evening of great music.

"From our view point the whole thing went perfectly," Mr Wade-Parker said.

"All the feedback I have received from everyone I have spoken to on the day and since has been great.

"We have received heaps of emails and Facebook messages saying just how much people enjoyed it.

"People have even told us they have already booked their accommodation for next year."

Despite the success of the day Mr Wade-Parker said the aim of the day was to be all inclusive.

"It's not about me and Karen but about putting the Granite Belt on the map," he said.

"What we wanted to do was do something that would be of economic benefit to the entire district.

"I think our expectations of raising three quarters of a million dollars for the district was well surpassed."

Mr Wade-Parker said even the more quirky aspects of the day were well received.

"We wanted to showcase the food produced on the Granite Belt and we did that," he said.

"We also wanted to give customers good value with no food over $10 and well priced alcohol.

"I know the Chill Out Zone was very well received by those who wanted to take a break and the massage girls were pretty much booked out the whole day."

Mr Wade-Parker confirmed that Stanthorpe Rocks would be back next year and to mark November 15 on your calendar.

"We want to keep the intimacy so the venue will remain the same," he said.

"We will never go above 2000 people but will tweak a few things to make the experience better.

"My challenge now is to come up with bands that will top what we did this time.

"We think we will have a really good list again and surprise people with who we are going to bring to the Granite Belt."

Mr Wade-Parker said the day would not have been possible without the help of wife Karen and his hard working team, partners and sponsors.

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