Happy tunes to rock Australia Day

L-R: Adam Hall (Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys) , Julian Pace (WA Australia Day Ambassador) and Michael Basham (Little Belle).  Picture: David Baylis  www.communitypix.com.au  d497606
L-R: Adam Hall (Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys) , Julian Pace (WA Australia Day Ambassador) and Michael Basham (Little Belle). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d497606

THE crowd at this year’s Australia Day Celebrations and Fireworks in Bassendean will be treated to a mix of melodies and happy tunes from Perth bands.

Cover band Little Belle and R’n’B group Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys are headlining the Town of Bassendean’s event on January 26.

They will be joined by other performers including Midvale-based dance group Studio Intensity and samba percussion group the Bassonovas.

Little Belle leader and guitarist Michael Basham, of Mt Hawthorn, said they would play a mix of songs from the ’70s until now,” he said.

Trumpet player Hall, of Como, said his group would be performing happy music with a vintage feel.

He hoped to see about 100,000 people attend the event.

L-R: Adam Hall (Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys) , Julian Pace (WA Australia Day Ambassador) and Michael Basham (Little Belle). Picture: David Baylis

The event’s ambassador and former Bayswater resident Julian Pace, who is the founder of social enterprise Happiness Co, said it was “humbling” to be an ambassador.

“I think it is really inspiring to be able to represent the State and also Australia,” he said.

“I haven’t been to this particular show but I do love fireworks.

“I have always had a big sense of community.

“With all the things that happen in people’s lives and challenges, it is nice to bring people together to celebrate\

Mr Pace said he would be spreading a message to the crowd on the night.

“Always be proud of your story, regardless of your background or family’s heritage,” he said

.The free event will also have carnival rides, food trucks and fireworks at 8pm.

THE ESSENTIALS
What: Town of Bassendean’s Australia Day Celebration and Fireworks
Where: Ashfield Reserve, Guildford Road
When: January 26, from 5pm to 9pm
Details: strictly pet, alcohol and smoke free. Parking available on-site for $10

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