“We’ve been coming to the Woodford Folk Festival since before our son was born, 15 years probably.
The time we didn’t come, we were travelling around Australia. We were in South Australia at the time I think, we weren’t happy about missing it.
“Since Byron was born, we’ve always done the whole week, before that we’d come for a couple of days, but now we make a point of coming for the whole week.
“On Christmas Day, it’s not about getting heaps of presents and stuff, we just come up here, line up, set ourselves up in the carpark and then do the mad dash once everyone gets the green light to set up camp.
“The last two years, we’ve been in exactly the same spot.
“We make a lantern and do the lantern parade on the final day. There’s always a story to the lantern building, and that’s Byron’s favourite part.
“When he gets tired of lantern building for a bit, he goes out and watches the rehearsal for the parade.
“We live at Mooloolabah. I even spent one day at work this week, there’s usually a day when I have to go in, but that’s the great thing about living so close. We’re the lucky ones.
“People are so dedicated. Some travel here from interstate and overseas, everywhere! That’s what allows this to happen every year.
“We don’t see as much live music now as we used to, and that’s why this is our fix for the whole year. We try and see a lot of bands the first couple of days, and then catch up if there’s any we’ve missed, except my mate over here, he fell asleep last night and missed Courtney Barnett!
Ben Dieckmann (with Vicky & Byron)