WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE 2017/18 PROGRAMME
Confirming it’s renown as a place to discover fresh talents amid some familiar names, a record number of performers will make their first appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival this year.
More than 320 acts are set to take to the stage at the 2017/18 festival, after the highly anticipated programme was announced in full during a special launch on Saturday night.
The 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia will this year play host to Australian music royalty John Butler, The Beautiful Girls, Holy Holy and Husky who join the vocally gifted Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Mama Kin Spender. Canadian trad trio The East Pointers lead an array of folk favourites including another wonderful Irish representation in Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Breaking Trad and Eleanor McEvoy; and if your dancing shoes still have any soles left, party bands Vaudeville Smash and Cheap Fakes will wear out what’s left of it.
The 2017/18 line-up also includes rising rappers Baker Boy and Birdz, Apakatjah, Alysha Brilla, Charm of Finches, Jeff Lang, The Northern Folk, Sampa the Great, pop duo My Bubba (SWE/ICE), Joanna Wallfisch, Timberwolf, AMISTAT, The Babe Rainbow, POW! Negro, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, Tinpan Orange and over 300 other artists and presenters.
Long established as a leader in arts programming, this year the festival welcomes 102-year-old dance sensation Eileen Kramer to the stage as well as the world’s best bounce juggler Odette Robbins and comedians Dave Thornton, Randy and Demi Lardner to name but a very few.
These and many other performers join a recently released speakers programme featuring Dr Karl, UNESCO’s Dr Fanny Douvere (FRA), Climate Foundation’s Dr Brian Von Herzen (USA), Noel Pearson, Bob Hawke, Tracey Spicer and Arne Rubinstein.
Over 2,000 individual performers will play across 35 venues ranging from the 25,000-seat amphitheatre to smaller, more intimate venues like Bill’s Bar.
Woodford Folk Festival Head of Programming Chloe Goodyear says this year’s programme – more than ever – rewards the trust patrons place in organisers to bring wonderful artists to them.
“While Woodford has always featured recognisable names, these artists are more than outnumbered by terrifically talented artists either on the rise, or making their first appearances in Australia,” she said.
“There might be a tipping point on what someone is comfortable with in the mix of known versus unknown – and this year we’re asking audiences to step into the ‘unknown unknown’.
“There’s always got to be a first time – and from its streets to its bars to the campgrounds to the stages, Woodford has above all else always been a place offering the opportunity for discovery.”
The opportunity to get involved with components of the programme also continues to be a key feature of the long-running festival with ticket holders encouraged to participate in a packed workshop programme, daily yoga practices, the always Singing Space, lantern making and immersive street theatre spectacle The Game.
Festival Director Bill Hauritz said the festival, now in its 32nd year, is a partnership between festival organisers and ticket holders.
“The lovely part of our festival is our patrons are our fellow organisers,” he said.
“They have a hand in helping us create the wonderful atmosphere in this organic community.
“We all work at creating something special.”
When the 6-day festival opens on December 27, the purpose-built festival site, one hours drive from both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, becomes Australia’s 67th largest town.
Similar in size to a regional centre like Lismore or Nambour, the Woodford Folk Festival is home to close to 200 food and merchandise stalls, a dedicated Children’s Festival, general store, onsite medical centre and waste water treatment plant.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the event had a significant economic impact on the region.
“The internationally-acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival is a major drawcard for Queensland and helps to showcase Australian arts and culture at its very best,” she said.
“In 2016, visitors to the event spent $21.85 million.
“More than 14,000 people travelled to Queensland for the festival last year resulting in 244,586 visitor nights – a huge milestone which organisers expect to surpass in 2017.
“The Queensland Government is proud to support the Woodford Folk Festival through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar, which is worth $600 million to the state.”
The 138-page full colour Woodford Folk Festival programme booklet is a compendium of high quality photographs, original illustrations and ideas as well as the biographies of emerging, progressive and established musicians, artists, scholars, authors and thinkers.
The programme is invaluable as a guide before and during the festival and takes on a new life after the event as a much-loved festival memento.
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