Woodford Folk Festival program launched

The fairies make their way through the Woodford Folk Festival.
The fairies make their way through the Woodford Folk Festival. Lucy Cantori

AN ANNOUNCEMENT of record early-bird ticket sales bolstered the energy stocks of organisers when the Woodford Folk Festival's Program Launch was held on Saturday night.

Festival general manager Amanda Jackes told the crowd ticket sales were 10% ahead of last year, drawing loud cheers from the 400 in attendance.

"Our history has shown that ticket pre-sales can be volatile and don't always reflect what happens on the day, but it has to be a good sign for us," Ms Jackes said.

The festival's 31st program is an evolution of the cultural, artistic and social expression it has become internationally known for, showcasing more than 400 acts across 25 venues from December 27 to January 1.

Festival-goers will be treated to genre-crossing performances in music, trad, blues, folk and rock, world and indigenous, right through to dance, circus, spoken word, comedy, a series of pertinent conversations in the speaker's program and a full-to-the-brim Children's Festival.

Head of programming Chloe Goodyear said it was hard to narrow down a list of acts to name as features this festival. 

"There are so many performers we've been having conversations with over many years from Australia and across the world, this is both a year of firsts along with a year of great past-performers returning," she said.

"We are pretty sure there are going to be some delighted supporters and as always, an abundance of new discoveries."

Some of the headline acts performing at this year's festival are:

Buffy Sainte-Marie (CAN), Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen, Half Moon Run (CAN), Wallis Bird (IRE), The Bamboos, Dr Karl, Urthboy, Amanda Palmer (USA), Meow Meow, Lake Street Dive (USA), Thelma Plum, The Little Stevies, Tash Sultana, Keith Potger, Swamp Thing, Hot Potato Band, Tim O'Brien (USA), Chad Morgan, Sharon Shannon (IRE), Steve Poltz (USA), Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton (USA), Yirrmal, Kev Carmody, Die Roten Punkte, Gregory Page (USA), Vieux Farka Toure (MALI), Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything  (CAN/USA), FourWinds (IRE), Gang Of Youths, Dubioza Kolektiv (Bosnia), Xylouris White (Greece/AUS), Judith Lucy and Charles Firth.

This festival features master puppet maker, Daniele Poidomani in the creation of 14 giant puppets to explore the festival in the evenings and star in both the Opening Ceremony and flagship Finale,

In a third collaboration with QUT Creative Industries, students from a variety of creative disciplines will work with Mr Poidomani to bring the puppets to life for the festival shows. Two of the puppets, Astrid and Naught, feature in this year's festival poster - the first of a new triptych series by Woodfordia artist-in-residence, Gavin Ryan. 

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the festival on its success. 

"Woodfordia is a very special place for tens of thousands of people who attend the internationally-acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival each year," the Premier said. 

"My Government is proud to support Woodford Folk Festival through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of this annual event in enhancing the State's cultural vibrancy and driving visitation to Queensland."  

Festival director Bill Hauritz proposed that artists were a conduit to an appreciation of the human experience.  

"Without artists we might as well be living on the surface of the Moon, devoid of the air to breathe ... they provide inspiration, beauty, thoughtfulness and commentary on our lives and their influence on our culture is profound," he said. 

"At Woodford, they're let loose and make a great festival experience for everyone."

Early-bird tickets are on sale now for the six-day annual event.

Visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Topics:  bill hauritz culture general-seniors-news noticeboard premier annastacia palaszczuk program launch woodford folk festival

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Higher booze prices 'best way to combat abuse'

Should taxes be raised further on alcoholic drinks?

Report examines best ways to combat alcohol and violence

8800 complaints about water, energy bills in Queensland

Maree Skellern from Tweed Heads Kindy Care showing the dramatic changes in the latest power bill.

More than $320,000 in billing adjustments

'UNREAL': Paddler videos moment whale swims under his board

Surfer Ziggy Albert (blond hair) and his paddle buddy on their way to Old Woman Island enjoyed the encounter of a lifetime when a mother whale and her calf popped up in front of them.

You couldn't find a better way to start the day than this

Local Partners

Wakeskating champ hit with $200 fine at school pick-up

AUSTRALIAN wakeskating champion Cody Murphy has copped a $200 fine for forgetting to carry his driver's license when making a five minute trip to school.

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Tim Finn headlining at Airlie Beach Music Festival

Music veteran Tim Finn from New Zealand will headline the Airlie Beach Music Festival.

Tim Finn: "It's the kind of festival that artists love"

Britney Spears suffers wardrobe malfunction

Britney Spears suffered a wardrobe malfunction during performance

'You Spin Me Round' hitmaker dies aged 57

Pete Burns

Pete Burns has died aged 57

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals