The 40th festival goals are in view as we kick off announcements this week and all remaining tickets go on sale. Forty festivals ago in December 1977, the festival came to town. It was literally on the back of a truck – a freewheeling cultural freedom ride of sorts. In 2016 we will celebrate the 40th event as the achievement of community, volunteers, music industry, artists and staff along with our passionate audience. Together we become one amazing festival gathering singing by the oceans of the south-west coast.
Since its inception the festival will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 internationals and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy. With a wonderful array of artists yet to be announced the festival aims to explore and present the diversity and discovery of folk, roots and world music live on stage next March.
Ayleen O’ Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John Mc Cutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Mánran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue, The Young’uns (UK).