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By Staff Reporter
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"Many of my most formative experiences as a songwriter and a person  happened at the Woodford Folk Festival.  I am still a major fan of the  festival.  I love being able to see comedy, circus stuff, debates,
films, music in lots of different spaces over the course of a week.  It's a huge festival, yet very approachable.  There  is a beautiful community atmosphere at Woodford that I haven't seen as
much at other festivals"
– Kate Miller Heidke.

Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic annual events; returning for its 28th year from– 27 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. The festival, which is held in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
hinterland (just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane and one hour from  Noosa), is Australia’s largest gathering of artists and musicians and  each year includes a programme of music from all over the globe
that ranges from folk to world, blues, indigenous, reggae, country to  traditional, hip-hop and blue grass, and includes many special  presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.

Last year’s festival saw an aggregate audience of 113, 000 at “Woodfordia”  over the six days and saw 2, 200 artists and musicians perform across 25 venues.

Tickets and camping for the 2013/14 ‘festival of festivals’ are now on sale from, the Festival programme will be launched on October 19th, get in now so you don’t miss out!

To see what this festival of festivals is all about click below


Woodford Folk Festival  is a real ‘musician’s festival’ and is known to be an early adopter of  countless artists over its 28 year history, with 65% of the programme  being new artists performing at Woodford for
the first time. Some of Australia’s most celebrated musicians including John Butler, Kate Miller Heidke, Angus and Julia Stone, Lior, and The  Cat Empire all count Woodford as one of their first and favourite
Festival gigs. As the years roll on and their success grows, these artists continue to return home to “Woodfordia” to  perform. 

Each year Woodford also plays host to a number of world class  international acts who travel from all over the globe to perform at the  Festival. Over the years we’ve seen acts such as Sharon Jones and the
Dap Kings, Arrested Development, Katchafire, and Passenger all wow the Woodford audience.

A strong emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the traditional arts  and values of indigenous and ethnic cultures, setting the festival  somewhat apart from other major music events.  Woodford offers a cultural programme of world class Indigenous dance,  music, and literature. Over the years Woodford has hosted some of  Australia’s great Indigenous performers, Kev Carmody, Yothu Yindi,  Archie Roach, Shellie Morris, among many others, as well as supporting up and coming Australian Indigenous acts, Microwave
Jenny, Thelma Plum and the Stiff Gins to name a few. 

Beyond the music, is the real heart of the  festival: tree-filled grounds, butterfly walks, ponds and a smorgasbord  of international food, interesting debate, comedy, circus, extraordinary
street theatre, a complete kid’s festival and a general celebration of community.  “Woodfordia” is a place where  musicians and artists mix it up with a former Prime Minister,  politicians, professors, doctors, environmentalists and circus  performers. Last year, after an invitation from long standing festival
devotee, former PM Bob Hawke, then Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a  surprise visit; the first time in the festival’s history that a standing PM has attended. 

"While everything you read about Woodford seems  to talk about music, we organise the festival to create a platform for  many forms of artistic expression much of which comes from our audience. However our patrons talk about that "Woodford experience" which pleases us because that's what we're aiming for” said Festival Director Bill Hauritz.

For more information on the festival ticket pricing and camping options please visit


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