Friday 8th November
6.10: Main Stage



"Stars formed in Adelaide around 1974 - all musicians from around the same neighbourhood who basically fell together through a love of similar music, like Free and Deep Purple.

After a short time supporting bands from interstate and starting to write their own songs, Beeb Birtles of LRB recommended Stars to Michael Gudinski of Mushroom Records who promptly signed them instigating a move to Melbourne.

Stars friend Andy Durant joined the band with a collection of his own songs, which formulated their sound from Rock Boogie to Country Rock and the first album “Paradise” featuring the classic Aussie rock song “Mighty Rock” and the sublime “Look After Yourself”, which went gold.

Stars toured the country with notable overseas acts like Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Linda Rondstadt and ELO, among many others.

After the release of Stars second album ""Land Of Fortune"" a live album ""1157"" and three years of constant touring, a decision was made to disband.

Sadly, shortly after this Andy died from melanoma.

In 1980 the star studded ""Andrew Durant Memorial Concert"" was staged at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, featuring the members of Stars, Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Richard Clapton and many more of the cream of Australian artists who are still recording and playing to this day.

A live recording of the show was released to much acclaim and promptly went gold.

After over 35 years Stars are back with the original line up featuring Mick Pealing on vocals and guitar, Mal Eastick on guitar, Roger McLachlan on bass, Glyn Dowding on drums and Nick Charles on guitar, who with Mick has written the fine new songs on “Boundary Rider”

Audiences can expect the music from Stars 2 studio albums ""Paradise"" and Land Of Fortune"", “The Andrew Durant Memorial Concert"" and the new album “Boundary Rider”."