The official line up for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival has just been released, offering up something for everyone.
The six-day happening, which closes out one year and welcomes the next, strives to be more than just a festival, more than an event. Programming, Chloe Goodyear, said “It is a coming together of souls; a bubbling cauldron of expression and creativity; an exploration of our cultures and a celebration of a compassionate community.”
The theme for the festival this year is ‘Imagining a Beautiful Future’, and aims to encourage organisers, performers and patrons alike to explore the ways in which we might counteract some of the negative rhetoric surrounding the future of the world.
This year, Woodfordia will play host to the likes of modern-day troubadours, Kasey Chambers, playing the festival for the first time; Emma Louise playing from her Lilac Everything album; Amanda Palmer on her ground-breaking, There Will Be No Intermission tour; Lior playing his full Autumn Flow album with band and strings; and Horrorshow and The Herd heading up a 21st birthday bash for the Elefant Traks label. The festival will also feature the return of Woodford favourites like Kate Miller Heidke, Harry Manx, Electric Fields, and Archie Roach.
As always, the program also offers the equivalent of a full festival program of speakers and panel discussions, a Circus & Cabaret program full of delicious debauchery and dizzying theatrics, as well as a Children’s festival, reflecting the Woodfordian one-liner, ‘There’s something for everyone’ – a cliché it may be, but for good reason – the program’s diversity aims to reflect the festival’s broad and varied community.
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