What a great place to celebrate NYE! Let’s take a look at some of the festivities…
Happy New Year
What an amazing night!
New Year is a special time at Woodford that sees a community of strangers join as one in the celebration of memories past and experiences to come. We started the evening by saying goodnight to the last day of 2015 at the Sunset Ceremony, before kicking on at the Amphi with a jam packed night of big sets at the Hogmanay.
As the last minutes of 2015 came to an end the bell tolled and Woodford was overcome by silence and the warm glow of thousands of hand held candles. Our annual 3 minutes silence is a time of reflection on our journeys, past, present and future and to take a moment to pay respect to our absent friends and family.
The clock struck 12 and we passed into 2016 – some partied into the night, others went to bed with a sense of eager anticipation of what’s to come. We continued till the first light of the new year, sitting on top of the hill with the sounds of the Tibetan ritual chant at the Sunrise Welcome Ceremony.
What mysteries do you hold for us 2016?
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News: Hogmanay, it’s Scottish for fun
Hogmanay is a Scottish word meaning last day of the year, so when you translate this into Woodfordian you can bet it means a massive Scottish flavoured New Years Eve party.
The performance of that name is taking place at the Amphi stage from 10pm with acts from around the world, including Dubmarine and The East Pointers.
The Hogmanay celebrations bring together the best of the folk festivities that have taken place over the last week in the final hours of 2015.
Scottish folk mainstays The Poozies will hold down the traditional vibe of the night, and although their time on stage will close out the year it is by no means the last event of the festival with activities continuing early into the new year.
People: Woodford for a night
Brisbane girls, Maddie and Maddy are celebrating New Year’s Eve a little differently this year.
At the very last minute, they booked tickets to Woodford.
“It’s my last New Year’s Eve before I move to London, so I decided I didn’t want to waste another New Year’s in Brisbane doing the same boring thing as every other weekend,” Maddie said.
It was the first time the girls had ever been to Woodford but it has already surpassed their expectations.
“It’s been pretty chilled out and there’s so many cool stalls to see. We’re really looking forward tonight too – it should be pretty interesting,” Maddy added.
News: Three minutes’ silence, a Woodford institution
As the bell rings out, the festival’s 160-hectare site will be bathed in candle-lit silence for three minutes on as one Woodfordia’s most significant institutions begins.
Thousands of people across the festival grounds will fall silent at 11:30pm, encouraged to reflect on absent friends, journeys taken, and cast their minds forward into what the future may hold.
Brisbane woman Lainie Youn brought her children to the festival for the first time and the moment united festival goers in a powerful way.
“It feels like it brings people together,” Ms Young said.
“It creates a stillness and creates a conscious coming-together that is very beautiful.”
Performance: Ayla overcomes nerves to get fans out of seats
Sunshine Coast musician Ayla was all nerves at her first performance at the Tropic stage on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old delivered her CDs to the general store instead of the festival shop.
“You could get an EP and a carton of milk,” joked a band member.
Ayla made her arrival on the Australian music scene with the release of her debut single ‘Wish I Was’ which gained full rotation on Triple J radio.
She finished her set with the track, which got Woodfordians of all ages jumping off their chairs during the hottest part of the day. Ayla stuck around after the show to meet eager fans.
Food: Cheap eats and snacks
It’s time to bust that 3pm slump but you still want to save room for dinner. Here are some snack alternatives to keep you going.
At The Mango Shack you can find barbecued chicken, deep fried mushroom or marinated swordfish kebabs for just $4 each.
Ilias The Greek sells deliciously salty balls, which are Greek feta balls served with herbed salt and lemon for $8.
The Peppercorn Creek Farm stall next to the Grande stage sells two green bars for $5, which actually taste like Snickers bars.
Tornado Potatoes sells exactly that – deep fried spiralled potato on a stick with chicken and paprika salt for $7.
Or you can find a bowl of sweet Potato fries are available from Chocolate and Coffee Heaven for $6 ($1 with house-made aioli).
Performance: Hip hop or circus? Finally we have an answer
It’s the burning question haunting society. Which is better… hip hop or circus?
Wait, you weren’t wondering? Nevermind, Woodford has decided for you anyway.
Under the Parlour big top the artists sung and flipped, jumped and quipped with a near-equal creative agility.
Rivermouth wowed the crowd with a poignant hip hop routine and almost perfect score but in the end circus won the day.
People: Road trip from Melbourne
Charmaine Consul and her partner drove all the way from Melbourne to be here.
“This is too far to go for a festival,” he said, on the way up but now it’s a “completely different story”, according to Ms Consul.
She’d been wanting to attend for “20-odd years” but said it had surpassed all expectations.
“You don’t even have to plan things, you can just wander around and come across stuff that is just like ‘wow’ I’ve got to sit and listen to this,” she said.
Performance: Perched… above a lake
Only at Woodford could you stumble across a slackwire performance in a natural amphitheatre on the way to dinner.
Perched is a display of agility, balance and strength performed by six performers and accompanied by two musicians playing everything from the tuba to the cello.
Poised above a lake, the performers complete feats ranging from fitting six people in a boat that looks destined to capsize to riding a bicycle across the slackwire.
The genuine athletic and acrobatic ability of the performers had onlookers gasping and shaking their heads in amazement.
Perched is performed everyday at 6:45pm on the Village Green.