Regional tourism explodes for Daft Punk

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TTN: Regional tourism was caught off guard when one of the world’s biggest dance acts, Daft Punk, called the Wee Waa Show to discuss launching their new album at Narrabri Council’s Wee Waa Show.

ABC: There will be a community meeting on Friday night at 5.30pm in Wee Waa with Sony representatives in attendance to bring the community “right up to speed”.

“I think the town will reach capacity pretty quick – I think I’ll be flat out getting a room at my own house somehow on the night it’ll be so full!” the Mayor laughs.

Dear Daft Punk: why Wee Waa?

From abc.net.au

It’s the question on everyone’s lips – ‘Why did Daft Punk choose Wee Waa to launch their brand new album?’

Internationally renowned French electrodance duo Daft Punk have chosen local farming community Wee Waa to launch their new album in May.

The album is highly anticipated because it’s only their fourth since their first release in 1997. ‘Random Access Memories’ will be launched on the 17th of May at a massive event held at the Wee Waa Showground. Details are sketchy at this early stage, but here is what we know so far:

Sony representatives first made contact a few weeks ago with Narrabri Shire Council. Mayor Conrad Bolton told Breakfast today he thought it was mates playing a trick on him.

“It was a random call… from Sony Australia… and after the call, of course, I hung up and thought ‘which one of my mates is pulling my leg here’ – it was so left of field. As it turned out it was a fair dinkum call and we’ve been working on it since then,” says Mayor Bolton.

“It’s been hard to keep a cap on it, I mean it’s such exciting news, but anyway we’ve managed to get things in place and work things out and now the world’s been told about it!” he says.

“What the band wanted to do is capture Wee Waa and the surrounds and the people, and they want to feed that into their video release and then beam that out on the night.
The satellite dishes are all going to be part of the final video released that night, the town is going to have a great time,” he says.

“It was quite special for them to pick Wee Waa and I think we are pretty grateful for that!” reflects Mayor Bolton.

“I think the town will reach capacity pretty quick – I think I’ll be flat out getting a room at my own house somehow on the night it’ll be so full!” the Mayor laughs.

There will be a community meeting on Friday night at 5.30pm in Wee Waa with Sony representatives in attendance to bring the community “right up to speed”.

Triple J say they are just as surprised by Daft Punk’s choice of Wee Waa, and JJJ music reviewer Lauchie Macara had plenty to say on The Morning Show to Kelly Fuller.

“They are basically two dudes, they wear robots suits alot of the time, no-one’s really ever seen what they look like, ever seen their faces.
They have put a disco tint on electonic music but their album due to come out in May, is probably the most anticipated album of the year,” says Macara.

“So when we heard yesterday they were launching their album in Wee Waa, we were pretty surprised,” he says.

How big is the fan base you may ask? Well Lauchie reckons it’s massive!
“They are enormous! Every day there seems to be a new rumour of them touring – they’ve only ever been to Australia once in 2006, and it was sold out.
“Their fan base would be in the tens of millions world wide -they are an enormous band!” Triple J’s Lauchie Macara says.

Inthemix.com are reporting Sony Australia bought the domain name ‘www.daftpunkweewaa.com’ yesterday.

From Faster Louder (member website of The Sound Alliance)

Wed 10th Apr, 2013 in Features

One of the most anticipated albums in the world, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories will be launched in one of the most random places imaginable – the regional NSW town of Wee Waa.

Yes, you read that correctly: On May 17, the French DJs will hold their “global album launch party” in a town best known as the Cotton Capital of Australia. So where the hell is this town, and what can you do there after the launch party for one of the biggest acts on earth?

Where the hell is Wee Waa?

Pronounced “Wee-War”, the town is situated on the north-western slopes of regional NSW. That’s about 570 kilometres from Sydney, or six hours by car from Brisbane. According to the most recently available census there are just 1689 people who call Wee Waa home, nearby Narrabri is a little larger with 6102 residents.

The 79th Annual Wee Waa Show

The Daft Punk launch is just one part of the Wee Waa Show program for 2013, which is celebrating with the theme “The Year of Water”. Other events at the show will include “typical Australian country entertainment” such as showgirl and cross cut saw competitions, a pet show and fireworks. Gates to the showgrounds will open at 3:30 on Friday.

If you can stick around for the Saturday entertainment you can see horse events, a clown troupe, the ute muster, a baby show, the “Wee Waa Has Talent” competition, a wood chop competition, and “Buzz’s lolly drop”. The Saturday program also includes a farmers challenge and a demolition derby along with a mouse racing competition – returning by popular demand. Last year’s show also included a “wife carrying competition”, a demolition derby and a sandcastle display, but sadly it doesn’t appear they’ll be part of the 2013 festivities.

 

Wee Waa accommodation

Like Noah, the people of Wee Waa like to accommodate things in pairs. The town has two caravan parks, two motels, and two hotels. We recommend a night at the Wee Waa Welcome Inn where a family room – that’s a double and single bed – will set you back just $85. The Inn recently changed hands and has been freshly painted for your arrival.

Houses for holiday rent and camping options will all also be available. Perhaps you could set up camp by the beautiful Naomi river, where the yellow belly are abundant. Perhaps not.

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Other attractions in Wee Waa

Wee Waa is the “Cotton Capital of Australia” (note: not the Cotton On Capital of Australia) and produces an average 18 percent of Australia’s national cotton production, but there is more to Wee Waa than just cotton! Wee Waa is the oldest town in the Namoi Valley and the second largest in Narrabri Shire. There are many tourist attractions in the area including Mount Kaputar National Park, Australian Cotton Centre and Yarrie Lake.

Yarrie Lake is a saucer shaped expanse of water a short drive from Wee Waa on the edge of the Pilliga Scrub, which is a “mecca for some 70 species of birds”. The marvellous sunsets apparently make Yarrie Lake a popular spot for photographers but you can also go water skiing, swimming, or try catching elusive yabbies after the Daft Punk show.

The Australia Telescope, which was used as a location for the ‘90s teen drama Sky Trackers, is less than 20 minutes down the road.

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A must see on your visit is the The Namoi Echo Museum and Wee Waa Historical Society, which is home to many wonderful exhibits relating to the local area including history of agriculture such as cotton, wheat and wool. The museum attractions include old machinery, a spray plane, an original two row cotton pickers, a blacksmith’s shop, and several Aboriginal artifacts. Bonus interesting fact: Schwagers cottage located on the museum site was originally the local saw mill cabin! Entry is just $6, or $2 if you’re a Daft Punk fan under the age of 18.

The town’s very helpful official site boasts that Wee Waa has “great boutique shopping [with] a Butcher (coming soon) a baker and a candlestick maker”. They also recommend that you try Robbies Country Clothing, Wee Waa Newsagency, Wee Waa Hardware and Plumbing, Little House on Rose and even the Post Office for a great range of gifts. Don’t forget to stop in for a beer at the Imperial Hotel, which you can’t miss on the Wee Waa main street. The historical pub was the first three story hotel built in the New England North-West.

For the more active Daft Punk fans, the town also boasts an excellent golf course, swimming pool, indoor multi-purpose courts and numerous walking tracks.

If you fall in love with Wee Waa and decide to permanently relocate to the town, you can stick around for some of the other major festivities such as the Grape Stomp in February, March’s Spring Plain Ball, the Mother’s Day fashion parade and the stunning Wee Waa flower show in September.

Dining out in Wee Waa

For the best deal in town it’s hard to go past the economical $8 lunch special at the bowling club’s Chinese restaurant. However, the town’s website suggests that if you’re just after a coffee and a bite to eat you can’t ignore the Wee Waa Bread Shop, which has the “Freshest Bread in the West”. They also suggest that you can stock up on snacks at the Caltex Service Station, Olympia Cafe, or Wee Waa Fuel Supplies.

For something a little more substantial you can try the A La Carte Dining Room at the Imperial Hotel, or the dining rooms at the Wee Waa Motel and Royal Hotel. The Royal also has live music once a month so if you time your stay right you might get to hear some of the local talent. If you head a little further out west (50 kilometres on a good tar road) you’ll arrive at the Junction City Hotel which offers meals seven days a week.

For a drink you can head back to the Wee Waa Bowling Club, The Imperial and the Royal Hotel or head out of town to Seplin Estate Wines for their daily wine and port tasting or a bistro meal.

Daft Punk “global launch” party details:

The Daft Punk “global launch” party will be held as part of the 79th Annual Wee Waa Show. Tickets for the party – which will kick off at 8pm on Friday, May 17 – are $60 and go on sale on at 9am on Friday, April 12 here.

FL sister site inthemix spoke to a representative from the Narrabri Shire Council who confirmed that a glitch in the system resulted in a small number of tickets going up for sale after news of the event broke. The council says that those ticket sales will be honoured, but couldn’t reveal how many had been snapped up in the tech error. The council already has reports of people camping out to buy tickets in person. There will be just 4000 on offer but members of the Wee Waa Show Society will be guaranteed tickets.

From abc.net.au

It’s the question on everyone’s lips – ‘Why did Daft Punk choose Wee Waa to launch their brand new album?’

Internationally renowned French electrodance duo Daft Punk have chosen local farming community Wee Waa to launch their new album in May.

The album is highly anticipated because it’s only their fourth since their first release in 1997. ‘Random Access Memories’ will be launched on the 17th of May at a massive event held at the Wee Waa Showground. Details are sketchy at this early stage, but here is what we know so far:

Sony representatives first made contact a few weeks ago with Narrabri Shire Council. Mayor Conrad Bolton told Breakfast today he thought it was mates playing a trick on him.

“It was a random call… from Sony Australia… and after the call, of course, I hung up and thought ‘which one of my mates is pulling my leg here’ – it was so left of field. As it turned out it was a fair dinkum call and we’ve been working on it since then,” says Mayor Bolton.

“It’s been hard to keep a cap on it, I mean it’s such exciting news, but anyway we’ve managed to get things in place and work things out and now the world’s been told about it!” he says.

“What the band wanted to do is capture Wee Waa and the surrounds and the people, and they want to feed that into their video release and then beam that out on the night.
The satellite dishes are all going to be part of the final video released that night, the town is going to have a great time,” he says.

“It was quite special for them to pick Wee Waa and I think we are pretty grateful for that!” reflects Mayor Bolton.

“I think the town will reach capacity pretty quick – I think I’ll be flat out getting a room at my own house somehow on the night it’ll be so full!” the Mayor laughs.

There will be a community meeting on Friday night at 5.30pm in Wee Waa with Sony representatives in attendance to bring the community “right up to speed”.

Triple J say they are just as surprised by Daft Punk’s choice of Wee Waa, and JJJ music reviewer Lauchie Macara had plenty to say on The Morning Show to Kelly Fuller.

“They are basically two dudes, they wear robots suits alot of the time, no-one’s really ever seen what they look like, ever seen their faces.
They have put a disco tint on electonic music but their album due to come out in May, is probably the most anticipated album of the year,” says Macara.

“So when we heard yesterday they were launching their album in Wee Waa, we were pretty surprised,” he says.

How big is the fan base you may ask? Well Lauchie reckons it’s massive!
“They are enormous! Every day there seems to be a new rumour of them touring – they’ve only ever been to Australia once in 2006, and it was sold out.
“Their fan base would be in the tens of millions world wide -they are an enormous band!” Triple J’s Lauchie Macara says.

Inthemix.com are reporting Sony Australia bought the domain name ‘www.daftpunkweewaa.com’ yesterday.

We hear tickets will go on sale this Friday 9am through the Narrabri Crossing Theatre. We are told 3,500 tickets will be sold, and let’s be honest, the Wee Waa Show (on the same weekend at the Showground) will have never seen such crowds… ever!

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