As the Woodford Folk Festival heads into its 28th year the event is shaping up to be the biggest ever with thanks to the Queensland Government.
“We’ve never, ever spent money on advertising or promotions, Woodford festival director Bull Hauritz tells Noise11.com. “We’ve always relied on our mailing list but this year we’ve been able to employ a publicist and really promote it well. That has enabled us to get the word out so we are really grateful to the Queensland Government for that”.
The additional funding has also meant a world-class line-up of Australian and international acts will perform at Woodford this year. Hauritz has confirmed Beth Orton, The Basics featuring Gotye, Clare Bowditch, Tim Finn and Matt Corby will play at Woodford this year but says the real charm is often the unknown acts. “It’s a very broad program,” he says. “There are almost 500 acts on the 28 different venues. I think it is fair to say that the majority of musical acts and speakers on the program people haven’t heard of before and I think Woodford got its name for signing new and exciting bands”.
One name to watch is Rose Cousins from Canada. “The Canadian contingent the last few years has been very strong,” Bill says. “The Canadian government has been helping us with some airfares and they have been absolutely wonderful. We’ve been broadening that experience”.
The Woodford Folk festival is on from December 27 to January 1 on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
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