Woodford Folk Festival To Return This Summer

25 October 2022 | 8:14 am | Mary Varvaris

Six bright summer nights in Queensland!

(Pic by Martin Ollman)

Woodford Folk Festival will return to picturesque Woodfordia, Queensland, this summer, with the programme officially announced.

The festival is massive, with 1,900 artists programmed in 400 acts across 27 venues, presenting 1,834 shows over six days and nights from Tuesday, 27 December 2022, to Thursday, 1 January 2023.

After three long years, it's time to return to a festival packed with arts, culture, music, and community, including visual art, comedy, spoken-word performances, and artisan workshops.

As the event doesn't strictly adhere to genre protocols and instead highlights the best folk, rock, pop, and blues acts from Australia and beyond, it's the kind of festival where rock band The Black Sorrows, John Butler, Dami Im, Urthboy, New Zealand reggae group The Black Seeds, singer-songwriter Jaguar Jonze, English folk singer-songwriter Grace Petrie and fiddle player Ben Boss, and Magda Szubanski are on the same lineup.

Speaking about the event, Deputy Festival Director Amanda Jackes promises "a deeply immersive experience that supports the very best of who we can be" and that making a grand return is special for the festival and local community, "The sheer joy of returning the festival after this challenging time, of reconnecting with our community and celebrating with inspiring artists and presenters can be felt through the whole of the organising team. We are so excited about being back."

Festival Director Bill Hauritz is also proud of the upcoming six-day monolith, saying, "While Woodford Folk Festival is steeped in ceremony and celebrates our nation's folk heritage and the artists that have shaped the cultural landscape, the event has always aimed to be a place of discovery and a champion of the new and the unusual.

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"Our world changes every year, and our festival needs to change every year if we are to be current. For all of us, this event brings three years of change in one. We mustn't try to be what we were. Rather, have our artists and scholars gift us relevance in the here and the now."

Check the Woodford Folk Festival website for the entire programme and ticketing information. Pre-sale tickets are available until 24 December; payment plan tickets close on Friday, 28 October.


In alphabetical order, including but not limited to:

Alysha Brilla | Andrew Small | Anna Smyrk | Ashley Watkins | The Black Seeds
The Black Sorrows | Boy & Bear | Coterie | Dya Singh | Electric Fields | Emily Lubitz
Eric Bogle | Fred Smith | Grace Petrie with Ben Moss | Greg Sheehan | Hollow Coves
Inn Echo | Jacob Jolliff Band | Jaguar Jonze | The Jellyman's Daughter | John Butler
Lior & Domini | Liz Stringer | Mia Wray | The Monks of Tibet | Neil Murray
The Paul McKenna Band | Rachel Bailman | Spinifex Gum
Tenzin Choegyal | William Barton | Urthboy | Yirrmal