Pampas, 31 October 2019

Pump the brakes and pull into Pampas on 31 October. There’s a special something going down at the Memorial Hall. Whether you’re in the middle of an epic road trip or live locally, come along and join us for a night of music, country town spirit and friends old and new.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start – see you there!

Festival of Small Halls hasn’t visited Pampas before so, we’re incredibly excited to meet the locals, welcome in some travellers and unite under the roof of the beautiful old Memorial Hall. Below are some photos from our shows last year in neighbouring towns, Brookstead and Rocky Creek. It was a truly wonderful night. We hope to see some familiar faces at the Pampas show in October.

Full BBQ and bar available for dinner. 

Festival of Small Halls Pampas will be supported by local group The Twidale Sisters. The Twidale Sisters are three sisters who’ve been playing together since they were very young, and started taking gigs from 2013. They began by playing at church as kids, and grew to playing at home as a consistent hobby. Since entering a busking competition, the trio have been playing gigs around the area for many years now. They take their influence from a variety of music, and enjoy playing songs that are suitable and recognisable for all ages, honed through their love of country. They play a variety of instruments from guitars and ukulele to drums and piano.

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In its place of pride on the Gore Highway halfway between Pittsworth and Millmerran, you can find the quaint little timber Pampas hall.

The hall was officially opened in May 1955. After months of planning much was still to be done – the ordering of red, white and blue crepe paper for decorating, the food order – which included 50 dozen sausage rolls, 30 dozen savoury Shells, 12 double loaves of bread, 6 lbs pressed ham, 6 lbs cooked corned beef, 6 lbs butter, 8 lbs tomatoes as well as eggs and lettuce! 500 tickets were printed. Even back then the committee decided to take out insurance against the possibility of rain. The cost of the insurance was £150. A lot of money for that time. The insurance was not needed and the opening went ahead as planned. 64 years from the eventful day, this small hall is preparing for the wonderful feeling of being filled to capacity once again.

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