Wee Waa, pop. 2000, set for Daft Punk album release

Daft Punk. Photo/supplied
Daft Punk. Photo/supplied

The kids are zipping down the main street in robot helmets, the bakery is prepping for an all-nighter, and the local agricultural show organisers have scored a coup that just might overshadow the dog jump.

Wee Waa, population 2000, is counting down the hours before it hosts the much-hyped global album launch of French electro pop act Daft Punk.

Four thousand local and international fans will descend on the tiny cotton farming town in northern NSW to watch Random Access Memories stream live on Friday at the Wee Waa Agricultural Show.

Tickets sold out in 13 minutes even though the pop duo is not expected to appear in person.

Local photographer Shanna Whan said locals have taken to donning the iconic Daft Punk robot helmets around town, and models in the annual Wee Waa Mother's Day Fashion Parade busted out a dance number to a Random Access Memories track.

"Everyone was extremely excited to see Wee Waa go global," she told AAP.

"It's not every day you walk along the main drag and see little kids cruising past on their scooters with robot masks, doing the peace sign at you."

Police have issued a stern warning to revellers heading to Wee Waa, launching operation Hadrian to knuckle down on alcohol and drug-related offences.

"It's pretty crazy to think of our population trebling for one night," Ms Whan said.

"I'm looking forward to the night but I've got to say I'm glad I've got two cattle dogs to mind the backyard and keep the party-hard critters out."

She's not the only one arranging reinforcements.

Local bakers Michael and Merredith Jackson have brought in extra help so they can stay open into the wee hours of Saturday, feeding the tired, the hungry and - yes - the hungover.

Daft Punk shot to international fame with the 1997 track Around the World.

- AP

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