The festive season is a time for celebration, and unless you are heading overseas to an exotic location or travelling the world, there are few better ways to celebrate than surrounded by great people, listening to amazing music. The Woodford Folk Festival is home to one of the most unique and awe-inspiring settings for performances – the natural amphitheatre.
The completely open, 25,000 capacity amphitheatre is beautifully built into the natural landscape and is surrounded by towering trees and an abundance of greenery. Experiencing a live performance here is incredible and one we highly recommend you include in your Woodford Folk Festival schedule this year.
The acts progammed to perform at the amphitheatre this year are ones that will give goosebumps to your arms, movement to your hips and a new found tone in your voice.
Get in the know of who is set to perform on stage and watch in wonder as these artists light up the amphitheatre.
Modern rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for Magic Dirt, and continues to establish herself as an integral part of the Australian music scene. Adalita’s second solo album All Day Venue landed her The Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female Artist.
Tuesday, Amphitheatre 8:30pm
Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen
Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen will perform their new album Death’s Dateless Night, a collection of songs they’ve performed at funeral. Joining Paul and Charlie on stage for this special performance will be Paul’s daughters, Maddy and Memphis.
Tuesday, Amphitheatre 9:30pm
This 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist is creating waves, generating massive street buzz, and playing sold-out shows and winning Triple J’s Unearthed Artist for 2016. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, her self-taught unique style is developing into a complex sound.
Wednesday, Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Half Moon Run
This Montreal based, Indie rock quartet was formed in 2009 by multi-instrumentalists Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Isaac Symonds and Dylan Phillips. Their ethereal yet expansive melodies and self-proclaimed ‘uncommon-chemistry’ has established faith in instinct and two globally successful albums.
Wednesday, Amphitheatre 9:30pm
Initially inspired by the instrumental raw funk of the late 60s and early 70s, Lance Ferguson and his eight-piece Melbourne outfit The Bamboos have made waves at home and internationally, quickly being labelled as one of the greatest funk and soul bands of our time.
Thursday, Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Blue King Brown
BKB’s cross-generational groove and socially-conscious sound is led by the multi-talented, relentless energy of Nattali Rize. Powerful vocal and lyrical delivery meets a roots, rock and afro groove mash-up built on an irrepressible percussive foundation.
Thursday, Amphitheatre 9:30pm
A dark tangle of raw lyrics, honest, haunting melodies and a tapestry of heavenly voices, Little May represent a new generation of songwriters.
Friday, Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Gang of Youths
Music should bring perspective to life, enriching experience by reflecting and amplifying the little things that are all too easy to take for granted. Gang of Youths uncover power in that mindset. ‘Saying really human things in a beautiful way is my motivation’, says singer David Leaupepe. ‘I want to transform everyday life into something universal.’
Friday, Amphitheatre 9:20pm
Hot Potato Band
This 11-piece brass band is sure to put a smile on your face in an incredibly unique live show. Beware, as they make you the centre of their performance, literally. Anything could happen.
Saturday, Amphitheatre 11:33pm
Astrid and Naut wander through colourful worlds, surrounded by vibrant rituals and rich cultures. The Beacon glimmers in the dark, stardust swirls around our feet. Join us in song, dance and celebration on Jinibara Country, as all Woodfordians are made welcome.
Tuesday, Amphitheatre 7:30pm
The Fire Event
A great comet burns across an empty sky. Down below, Astrid and Naut fall in love across a vast ocean, sending messages to each other with beacons and on the wings of birds. They are from two worlds of stark contrast, a summer seaside town with a ancient beacon, and a winter stronghold lit by stars and fire. As peace becomes chaos in the wake of the comet, cracks start to appear. Naught and Astrid float closer together as their people drift further apart – but in the darkness hours we might find the best of humanity.
Sunday, Amphitheatre 8:00pm
The colossal list of artists hitting the amphitheatre stage at this year’s festival has upped the ante and there is a little something for everyone.
If you are looking to attend the Woodford Folk Festival, make sure you secure your tickets today. https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/tickets/prices.html