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Delightful Rain set to play the Noosa Festival of Surfing


Noosa Festival of Surfing 2007 
presented by Global surf Industries

ASP Australasia
Sunshine Coast Queensland
5 - 11 March 2007


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2007 : - - No, the drought isn’t breaking. The Delightful Rain in Noosa Heads in March will be the greatest festival of surf music in Australia since the stompin’ Sixties, with virtuoso surf instrumentalists ‘The Atlantics’, heading a bill that includes the reformed Sydney Acid Rockers Tamam Shud and hot new contemporary surf musician (and longboard surfing champion), Beau Young. 

Delightful Rain, to be presented at The J, Noosa Junction on Friday, March 9, will be the major “off-beach” presentation of the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, and the most ambitious musical event the Festival has ever undertaken.  

Noosa Malibu Club president Norm Innis says: ‘this concert is going to be a one-off event that no surfer or lover of great Australian rock music will want to miss. Considering the fantastic action we’re going to be seeing at the beach all week, this is really the icing on the cake, and a real piece of history.”

Delightful Rain is the brainchild of Adelaide based entrepreneur David Minear, a self-confessed “surf music tragic” who used the know-how (and some of the funds) from 30 years in the advertising business to bring together the A-List of surf musicians from over four decades to record at Sydney’s historic Freshwater surf club over two weeks in May 2006.

The resulting limited edition CD and DVD boxed set, produced by country rock icon Kerryn Tolhurst and released last October, has become a cult hit around the world, with surf and music websites lavishing it with praise.

Minear says: “Many of the really great surf or surf-influenced bands are no longer or rarely performing together, so it was a real effort to get them all together to record. But as soon as we heard the results of the sessions, I started dreaming about putting a tour together. Well, we haven’t quite got there yet, but this one historic gig in Noosa is a great start.” 

Headliners, The Atlantics, formed in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in 1961, just as the surf boom took off, but it was 1963 before the original lineup, drummer Peter Hood, lead guitarist Theo Penglis, bassist Bosco Bosanac and rhythm guitarist Eddy Matzenik, found an authentic and original surf sound with the release of their hit single “Bombora”. The drum and guitar driven instrumental captured the power and excitement of surfing and became a huge hit around the world.

The Atlantics were a hit band with a string of best-selling singles and albums throughout the 1960’s. They re-emerged with three originals and new guitarist Marin Cilia to play at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Kylie Minogue, then played support for Chris Isaak on his Australian tour. Now back in semi-retirement, their contribution to Delightful Rain is one of the highlights.

Tamam Shud evolved from Newcastle surf band the Sunsets in 1967, and soon became the darlings of the Sydney Underground, playing such cool venues as Paddington’s Mandala Theatre, usually cloaked in a blue haze of marijuana. 

Spotted as an emerging talent by surf film-maker Paul Witzig back when they were The Sunsets, they recorded the soundtrack of two of Witzig’s early films. Later, when he was making his opus “Evolution” in 1968, he again turned to the band, now Taman Shud. The resulting collaboration produced Evolution, the Shud’s best remembered album.

In the early ‘70s the Shud flirted with jazz & introduced reed players, but they returned to their surf rock roots when joined by virtuoso guitarist Tim Gaze, then just 15, to work on the soundtrack of Alby Falzon’s Morning of the Earth movie. Gaze has long been recognized as one of Australia’s finest guitarists, and he and the original founder and vocalist Lindsay Bjerre are the force behind the Shud’s current revival.

Says Gaze; “Shud has been a bit of everything over the years, but we always recognize our debt to surfing. It’s always been the inspiration, and in Noosa we’ll be paying homage to that.”

Support act Beau Yong is no stranger to Noosa, having competed here many times in his longboarding career, which realized him two world titles. Now concentrating on his music career, Beau, son of ‘60s surf legend Nat Young, has built a huge following with his folksy but hard-edged material.

Tickets to Delightful Rain, presented by The J, will be available online at and from The J box office at Noosa Junction. Ph 07 54554455.

Previous reports:
# 1 : Global Surf Industries announce Noosa Fest giveaway
# 2 : Global Surf Industries announces the Noosa VIP winner
# 3 : Keaulana, Kalama and Perkins to kick off Noosa Festival

# 4 : Celebration of all things surf at Noosa Festival of Surf
# 5 : Coast surfers sight on 3 in a row at Noosa Fest of Surf

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