If the launch was anything to go by, this year’s Viva la Gong festival will feature lots of colour, vibrancy and quality performers.
Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW and Amy Amour’s Love Circus were on hand to entertain young and old alike last Friday at Wollongong City Gallery.
Wollongong musician Wil Massey also performed ahead of this year’s Viva la Gong, being held at MacCabe Park on November 10.
Massey said he was looking forward to performing at the festival proper for a third straight year.
‘‘It’s a terrific vibe. You get a sense of community performing on stage in front of young and old alike. I can’t wait to belt out some tunes and get people up dancing,’’ Massey said.
Yung Warriors, Alotta Presha, Barons of Tang, and Triple J announcer Lindsay ‘‘The Doctor’’ McDougall are the other major musical acts performing at the family-friendly festival.
Festivities will officially start with a street parade from the Civic Plaza to MacCabe Park leaving at 10am and winding its way through the Mall and Globe Lane.
Main stage performances start from 10.45am, when children from four local schools take to the stage for the Songworld Choir, and the action continues until 8.45pm when the Barons of Tang entertain with their mix of high energy gypsy punk and cabaret. A new addition is the Illawarra Folk Festival Lounge, which will feature eight acts performing from 12.15pm to 6.35pm. There will be belly dancers and other performers on the community stage.