Don’t miss a second of excitement at Woodford Folk Festival.
Woodford Folk Festival is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia and this year’s festival will feature music, dance, cabaret, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts and even an entire festival just for the kids.
With an abundance of performances to see and activities to take part in, we are taking a closer look at this year’s daily highlights.
Here’s a peek at just some of the incredible performances on the 27th and 28th December 2016.
WFF DAY 1: 27 DECEMBER 2016
6:00am – 7:00am Yoga Unplugged, Hilltop
Start your day with the morning sun on the Hilltop. This unplugged yoga class invites you to connect with nature as you unwind and stretch in the Vinyasa flow.
8:00am – 10:00am Poets Breakfast, Larrikin
11:00am – 12noon Dr Karl Kruscelnicki, Greenhouse
Dark Matters & Smashing Ideas with Dry Karl & USC
What happens when we pitch Dr Karl a series of the thorniest scenarios in and beyond planet Earth? Joined by a panel of experts from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dark Matters and Smashing Ideas will tackle the end of antibiotics, the reef’s demise and even time travel.
11:30am – 12:20pm The Little Stevies, Grande
With an uncanny knack for captivating an audience by being delightfully and unapologetically themselves, The Little Stevies are alluring in the authenticity of their hilarious storytelling and songs.
12:30pm – 1:00pm The Game World Opens, The Village Green
Do you have what it takes to stop the Evilord’s dire plans and #fightthedull? Collect a playing card from any of the characters and find out the rules of Game Central to begin. You can play casually, swapping cards and dares throughout the festival – ideal for day trippers. Those staying longer can immerse themselves in up to eight theatrical adventures, ridiculous challenges, disco dancing and an epic finale. It’s a game for the daredevil in all of us, rate 13+, but younger adventurers can help out.
1:10pm – 2:00pm Mansion air, Grande
Jack Frogatt, Lachlan Bostock and Alex Nicholls are Mansionair. Their first single, Hold Me Down, has had phenomenal success. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Alt-J, James Blake and The xx, Mansionair craft an expansive, unique, genre-bending sound held together by Jack’s haunting falsetto.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Wine Tasting, Sidewood Bar
The Sidewood Bar is the perfect place to take a moment, sit back and absorb it all. Sidewood Estate Wines from South Australia and the relaxing atmosphere of the deck overlooking the beauty of Woodfordia is the perfect pairing on the afternoon of Day 1 at Woodford.
4:30pm – 5:20pm Methyl Ethyl, Grande
Methyl Ethyl is the uninhibited alt-pop project from Perth musician Jake Webb. Formed in 2013, they have blossomed into one of the most critically revered and publicly embraced acts out of Western Australia in recent times.
6:00pm – 6:50pm Hot Potato Band, Grande
This 11-piece brass ensemble is sure to put a smile on your face with their incredibly unique live show. Beware, as they make you the centre of their performance, literally. Anything could happen.
7:30pm Welcome Ceremony
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. `
8:30pm – 9:15pm Adalita, 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 Venus landed her The Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female Artist.
9:00pm – 11:35pm The New Buzz, Pineapple Lounge
Introducing West End’s hottest deep soul, steppin, on the one, party times band.
9:30pm – 10:30pm Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Amphitheatre
Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen will perform their new album Death’s Dateless Night, a collection of songs they’ve performed at funerals. Joining Paul and Charlie on stage for this special performance will be Paul’s daughters, Maddy and Mandi.
12:00am – 12:50am BULLHORN, Grande
New wave brass band, BULLHORN, are an acoustic force of nature with a line up that includes seven horn players, one drummer and one monster MC.
To plan your own programme, download the official Woodford Folkie App. Specifically designed and woven-together to make your Woodford experience just that little bit more magical. You can be sure to never miss a favourite show again. Available on Google Play and The App Store.
WFF DAY 2: 28 DECEMBER 2016
7:00am – 8:00am Morning Yoga, Dancehall
Core yoga is a fluid integration of traditional, classic hatha yoga wisdom and holistic physiotherapy. Start your day feeling relaxed and ready after fabulous yoga stretches.
7:30am – 9:00am Uncle Herb Boils the Billy, Songlines
Stockman, poet and raconteur who is a familiar sight on the Woodford streets, Uncle Herb sets up to share a cup of tea and some stories.
9:30am – 10:30am The Chaser’s Australia, Greenhouse
Covering politics, culture and religion (including all the major denominations: AFL, NRL and cricket), this is the greatest multimedia presentation about Australia that you will ever see.
11:00am – 11:50am The Fergies, The Tropic
With rich five-part harmonies and irresistible tambourine-shaking, guitar-strumming, folk-dancing and electrified energy, The Fergies are fast emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting units.
11:30am – 12:30pm Rhoda Roberts & Chad Morgan in Conversation, Songlines
With a huge body of work behind her, Rhoda is currently engaged as the Head of Indigenous Programming for Sydney Opera House. She is also the Creative Director of Rhoda Roberts’ Gallery and Events and is the Festival Director of Boomerang Festival, produced with Byron Bay Blues Festival.
12:00pm – 1:30pm Coopers Bar Good Tunes, Coopers Bar
Woodford’s tradition of participation comes alive in the festival’s cracking public house, the Coopers Bar. Tunes and songs ring out, beckoning Woodfordians to gather their instruments, limber up the vocal chords and join the fray. From foot-tapping Celtic tunes to good old-time and bluegrass standards; rollicking sea shanties to Beatles hits, there’s something for everyone in these acoustic sessions.
2:10pm – 3:00pm Thelma Plum, Grande
Thelma is an indigenous singer-songwriter who captured the hearts of Australians when her first demo, Father Said won the Triple J Unearthed competition in 2012.
3:50pm – 4:40pm Urthboy, Grande
Urthboy (Tim Levinson) is an award-winning hip-hop artist from Sydney who has just released his fifth studio album, The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Prayers for World Peace, Hilltop
The Hilltop Prayer Wheel House was consecrated in 2013 by Nechang Kutun, the State Oracle of Tibet. This evening’s prayers are first introduced by Tenzin and Sangeet, followed by ritual and ceremonial prayers of the Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Martin Pearson’s Storytime: Harry Potter and that Vague Sense of Plagiarism, Grande
6:40pm – 7:30pm Dubioza Kolektiv, Grande
To the initiated, this group are a band from Bosnia and Herzegovina known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. However, outside The West, as among the most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, notorious leaders in the fight for social change.
8:00pm – 8:50pm Tash Sultana, Amphitheatre
This 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist is creating waves, generating massive street buzz and playing sold-out shows. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, her self-taught unique style is developing into a complex sound.
9:30pm – 10:30pm Half Moon Run, Amphitheatre
This Montreal based, Indie rock quartet was formed in 2009 by multi instrumentalists Devon Portielje, Connor 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.
11:00pm – Midnight EastEnd Cabaret, Parlour
A gin-loving, manbeast-riding, accordion-wielding, globe-trotting, award-winning cult musical comedy duo, Eastend Cabaret have an arsenal of cleverly naughty songs and the sharpest wit around.
To plan your own programme, download the 2016 Woodford Folkie App and never miss a favourite show again.
If you are looking to book tickets and experience the Woodford Folk Festival for one day or six, secure tickets online today. We look forward to seeing you out here.