IT BEGAN as a thank you to former Winsome Hotel licensee Maz Schofield on her 38th birthday for supporting live rock on the Northern Rivers and has turned into a fully-fledged rock festival – Lismore-style.
This year the woman who put live music punters ahead of the pokies, and is hailed as Lismore's queen of rock, turns 40 and shows no sign of slowing down.
She's bought a new dress, cleared her schedule and plans to party 'till dawn.
“I'd be happy to fly under the radar this year and just enjoy the music, but I don't think I'll manage it in this frock,” she said with a laugh.
Come Saturday, 18 bands, head-lined by the legendary New Christs and Kim Salmon, will take to three stages over 10 hours at the Lismore Italo Club for the third annual Mazstock – all for an incredibly low $33, or $40 at the door.
Last month, Brisbane rock website Time Off raved about the Mazstock ticket price under the head-line, Stocked with Goodness.
It wrote: “If you pre-book, that's, like, $1.85 per band. That is serious value; the math does not lie. It's admittedly a bit of a drive ... but what you'll lose in fuel you'll more than recoup in fire for your soul.
“That meagre fee will get you up close and personal with a slew of juggernaut acts including Kim Salmon and Leanne Chock (of The Scientists), The New Christs (and) Six Ft Hick ...”
Promoter Darren Bridge, from Sideshow Presents, said he had worked hard to keep the price down in the true spirit of rock and roll.
“We work really hard to make the festival affordable for everyone and it would have to be the most affordable ticket in the land,” he said.
“This year's Mazstock hits the ground running with Stone Mountain, The Dunhill Blues and The Sunrose, so the joint is jumping from 3pm – there is no filler here.
“Try to nab yourself a limited edition Mazstock T-shirt while you're there and don't forget to wish Maz a happy 40th if you see her, she'll be the one in the insane party frock.”