Coming to the festival for the first time? Overwhelmed by everything there is to be experienced in the programme? Wondering what will be the most useful thing you pack?
Some of our staff are veterans of the festival, so trust them when it comes to planning, packing and partying – they do it best.
Robyn Kelly – Stalls Manager
Most useful thing to pack: A wide brim hat! None of this cap business.
Best place to spend New Year’s Eve: Wandering the streets – there’s this really special atmosphere and everyone is excited and happy and friendly.
Eileen O’Shea – Business Operations Manager
Tip for coming with kids: Bring bananas as snacks – they have their own packaging!
Most useful thing to pack: Baby wipes – they have so many uses.
Bart Mangan – Stages and Venues Manager
Best place to spend the 3-minutes silence at 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve: On the Village Green – this is where it all begins and ends, and the bell sounds really loud here. When everyone lights their candles you can look up at everyone on the hill, and there’s this beautiful reflection on the water – it’s definitely the best spot.
Biggest tip: Plan your shower times. I either go at 6 o’clock in the morning, 5 o’clock in the afternoon, or 3am when I am coming back to my camp – no queues then.
Jacqui Allman – Programme Administrator
Favourite festival food: Spaghetti Junction will be your friend.
Most useful thing to pack: Good boots – make them rain proof, dust proof, rock proof – everything proof.
Jasmin Midgley – Media and Promotions Manager
Biggest tip: Come for the full six days – I used to come for just one day when I covered the festival for the ABC, and it wasn’t until I came for the full week one year that I really ‘got it’. There’s way too much going on!
Most useful thing to pack: A tarp. And another tarp. And another tarp for the friend that forgot theirs.
Karen McBride – Volunteers Manager
Most useful thing to pack: A sarong to wet and then wrap around yourself – it acts as a personal air conditioner!
Biggest tip: Put the effort in to make a comfortable base for the night or the week that you’re here. Make sure your camp is robust enough to withstand Queensland summer conditions, and treat it like a home away from home.
Ellen Stanfield – Volunteers Coordinator
Favourite festival food: Govindas’ kofta balls – every time.
Woodford ritual: I always make at least half an hour for myself in the afternoon to just rest somewhere chilled in the precinct, to relax and take it all in.
Must see: You can’t miss the sunrise on the Hilltop on New Year’s morning – but bring a blanket!
Best place to spend New Year’s Eve: At the Amphitheatre! There’s so much energy in that massive space and it’s really nice to see all the candles on the hill at 11.30pm.
Tim Monley – Director of the Festival Bureau of Interactivity (FBI)
Favourite festival food: The Wild Spice Kitchen is going to be good this year – it’s an Art Nouveau train station, and has amazing grilled cheese.
Biggest tip: You’ve got six days, so you don’t need to rush around and see everything on the first day – make sure you take it easy. Chill Hill this year will be a great spot to chill out.
Favourite pass-time: Get amongst The Game! And bring costumes – Pirate, Beast, Gangsta or Elizabogan, whichever you choose.
Kelvin Hayton – Bars Manager
Best place to be for the 3-minutes silence at 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve: This year I think it’s going to be Chill Hill. You’ll be able to see out to a lot of the festival – to the crowd going to the Amphi, to the Sidewood and Coopers bars, and through the streets to Songlines – it’s going to be special.
Tip for coming with kids: Get involved with the Game, and do it from the beginning. They’ll love it the most if it’s played the whole week.”
Favourite spot to chill: The best place to hang out if you’ve got kids is at the Vinyl Lounge – such a cool place to sip on your espresso martini while watching the kids climb the great tree just outside.
If you’re planning on joining us at the Woodford Folk Festival this year, make sure you book your tickets online – there’ll be no opportunity to buy them at the gate this year.
Ticket allocation will be capped and all vehicles require a Vehicle Pass.