RTRFM returns to Hyde Park’s lush surrounds for its annual Neon Picnic on Saturday, March 23.
For the third year in a row the community radio station will up sticks for the day and move its Beaufort Street outfit to broadcast from the park’s amphitheatre between 11.00am and 7.00pm.
The free event is becoming a fast favourite among dedicated listeners and has rapidly gathered steam since its “first” in 2017.
But Neon Picnic is no new phenomenon, according to station representative Chris Wheeldon, and was actually first established back when neon truly enjoyed its glory years.
“Neon Picnic was the precursor to In The Pines way back in the late 80s. Details are sketchy. As are most things in the history of RTRFM, record keeping was not our best asset,” he said.
“A couple of years ago we re-invented the event or brought the name back to celebrate 40 years of the station.
“It went so well, we thought we would make it a annual event. Now in our third year we are hoping a whole RTRFM community comes down to hang out, listen to some live radio and some wonderful picnic bands.”
Along with the lineup of the station’s regular Saturday shows — Global Rhythm Pot, Homegrown, Drastic on Plastic and Jamdown Vershun — this year will feature performances from Argentinian maestro Jere Sosa, indie pop magicians The Struggling Kings, psych-pop star Michael Savage, saxophone quartet Meraki, electronic duo Fourth State and the reggae jams of Zarm.
Food and drinks will be on offer, and the family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, face painting and hula hooping to keep the next generation of listeners entertained while their parents relax and appreciate.
“A lot of our listeners who started listening to us as teenagers are now older with kids in tow,” Mr Wheeldon said.
“This is a great way to allow those listeners to enjoy the station with their kids, while secretly or not so secretly exposing their kids to good music and a real sense of community.”