The 40th festival story started in December 1977 when the festival came to town – it was literally on the back of a truck – as 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.
Our third announcement included “something old, something new, something blue” such as Jaaleekaay (Gambia) and Songhoy Blues (Mali); Luka Bloom, Róisín O and Rambling Boys from Ireland; contemporary trendsetters Kate Miller-Heidke and Robert Forster, the blues of Mia Dyson and Ash Grunwald; the great local talents such as Tom Richardson, The Howard Family, Dalriada, Hog Stompin Zydecats, Lost in Suburbia and lots more. The fourth announcement just out imcludes 13 more acts – Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royal Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Mastersons (USA), The Morrisons, Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi.
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.