Coming at you live from Rock at the Races | Photos, Video

5.30PM: Rock at the Races has kicked off with thousands soaking up the sun and sounds on the Murrumbidgee Turf. 

The sun’s blaring for the massive line-up of chart toppers from the past three decades. 

11 huge names are hanging back stage, with Chocolate Starfish, 1927 and Dragon returning to the festival for a second year. 

Wa Wa Nee opened for the masses followed by Aussie legends Gang Gajang belting “This is Australia” for the screaming crowd. 

The bands are currently taking a breather before the Choirboy’s Mark Gable takes the stage in 10 minutes. 

More to come. 

 6PM: Moving Pictures are just off stage after a massive set of originals and covers including an explosive “What About Me?” 

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Stuart White is from Leeton and said he was just here for the tunes! His mates Rob Wardman, a Leeton to Wagga convert 24 years ago, said Moving Pictures’ Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs’ cover of “Most People I Know, Think That I’m Crazy” was the highlight of an epic afternoon so far. 

Terry Preston also previously of Leeton but a Wagga boy for 19 years, said he’s back for a second year and can’t pick a favourite, “I’m here for all of them!” 

Stuart White, Rob Wardman, Terry Preston

Stuart White, Rob Wardman, Terry Preston

Meredith Hester and Stacey Hofert, both of Wagga are also back for the second year running. 

“It’s just the best!” Meredith said. 

Meredith Hester and Stacey Hofert

Meredith Hester and Stacey Hofert

“I have to say I loved Wa Wa Nee, because I’m an eighties girl.” 

“It’s awesome to have all these bands, all from our vintage in the same spot,” Stacey said. 

6:30PM: Everyone’s hands were in the air for Mark Gable’s huge rendition of the Choirboys’ smash hit, This Is Paradise. 

7:30PM: The sun is setting but the bands rage on!

We caught up with Adam Thompson from Chocolate Starfish after his set backstage. 

Check in with The Daily Advertiser tomorrow for a massive gallery of our photographer’s pics from the night.