Adorable moment grandmother, 84, has the time of her life dancing and taking selfies with 14,000 revellers a quarter of her age at the first big NSW music festival since coronavirus
- 84-year-old grandmother had the time of her life dancing at a music festival
- Wollongong’s Yours & Owls the first music festival since Covid restrictions eased
- 14K people attended event with Chick Jones, who took selfies with other partiers
An 84-year-old grandmother had the time of her life dancing with 14,000 other revellers at a music festival finally revived after coronavirus.
Marlene ‘Chick’ Jones, an Order of Australia Medal-winning music teacher, didn’t let age or Covid-19 worry her at the Yours & Owls festival in Wollongong.
The octogenarian spent the weekend rejoicing the return of music festivals after last year’s event was cancelled by the pandemic.
84-year-old grandmother Marlene ‘Chick’ Jones danced at the Wollongong Yours & Owls festival
‘I feel very energetic. I feel that way without the music, but with the music its double – it’s triple. I’m part of the aliveness, the actual happening of the festival which is very exciting,’ she said.
‘We have missed out on a lot in the past 12 months, so it is great to have it back again.’
Pink cardigan-clad Ms Jones posed for selfies with music fans a quarter of her age on the grass of Stuart Park and held her cane aloft as she danced.
She was the centre of attention with everyone and anyone stopping her for a chat or high-five – and the occasional offering to share a beverage that she politely declined.
The octogenarian spent the weekend enjoying the music festival after Covid cancellations
Ms Jones, is an Order of Australia Medal-winning music teacher and lover of all things musical
Ms Jones said although she had a lifelong love of music it was only three years ago that she first went to the Yours & Owls festival – and she hasn’t missed one since.
‘I fell in love with it because I loved being there and experiencing the music in the flesh, on the stage,’ she said.
‘Being a music teacher, I fully appreciate how talented all those wonderful musicians are.’
It was a chance, she said, to see some of the country’s most talented musicians up close and personal in an environment and atmosphere that you couldn’t experience in any other setting.
‘It is so much better hearing music live like this,’ she said.
‘It was very sad that I wasn’t able to go last year because the festival has got bigger and better over the years.’
Ms Jones , who won her medal in 2018 for her service to music education, danced away
Ms Jones’ grandson Adam Smith, 34, is one of three co-founders of the music festival
After Bluesfest in Byron Bay was cancelled last month after a few positive cases visited the town, this was the first major festival since the pandemic shutdown.
The festival, which is usually scheduled for October, was moved to January 2021 and then delayed even further to April.
Ms Jones, who won her medal in 2018 for her service to music education was just happy it, and many other like it still to come.
Her grandson Adam Smith, 34, one of three co-founders of the festival, said after a difficult 12 months it was wonderful to see the return of the event after so much uncertainty in the music and entertainment industry.
‘It was hard postponing the festival last year. Beyond that the whole world didn’t know what was going on. It was a very uncertain time for us,’ he said.
Cardigan-clad Ms Jones posed for selfies with music fans a quarter of her age on the grass