Festival goers have had their first glimpse of Woodfordia 2013/14, they have taken in the festival grounds participating in yoga, grabbing a coffee and enjoying the efforts of thousands of volunteers.
Many Aussie’s have flooded Woodfordia over the past few days to score a camping spot for the iconic Woodford Folk Festival.
The festival is on track to grow by 15 per cent and the forecast of sunny weather is sure to help the numbers grow.
General Manager, Amanda Jackes, is thrilled with the public response.
“We’ve already got thousands of patrons checked in and set up in our campgrounds. The annual town of ‘Woodfordia’ has arrived. If the weather stays clear, we can expect thousands of day trippers to attend over the week as well,” said Ms. Jackes.
The People’s Orchestra and the Fire Choir, made up of festival patrons began their rehearsals this morning. Sweet sounds drifted out of the Grande and the Bazaar Stages as they began preparations for the festival’s pinnacle – The Fire Event, held on January 1st.
Darren Hanlon wooed and charmed the crowd with his memorable indie-pop hooks, his first of three concerts at the Festival, he is sure to draw big crowds.
Other highlights this morning included Brisbane duo and festival favourites Cole & Van Dijk, Ninja Theatre at the Parlour, and Wake Up and Laugh with Anthony Ackroyd at Bill’s Bar.
The Welcome Ceremony will be held tonight at the Amphitheatre, this annual event led by the Jinibara Custodians and Indigenous guests is a celebration of the festival through dance, song and fire, the perfect welcome to Woodfordians.
Crowds are then expected to stay at the Amphitheatre to check out Triple J favourites, Canada’s Half Moon Run and Australia’s own ARIA award winning Matt Corby. In his only solo show at the Festival, Matt is sure to take the Amphitheatre by storm.
WHAT’S UP NEXT – SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Tomorrow the festival has heaps more to offer, just check out some of the many highlights that will be featured in Woodfordia on Saturday.
Matt Corby will be performing for a second time at the festival, a well-kept secret! This time around Matt Corby will be performing as part of a side project, The Museum Collective. Under the musical direction of Rohin Jones (formerly of The Middle East), some of Australia’s finest musicians will join together and treat fans to a spectacle of indie rock. Find Museum Collective at the Grande at 7pm.
Looking for something a little more hands on? Circadia has a whole range of workshops to check out. Workshop registration is at 9.30am, you can get involved with Juggling, Clowning Around, Fire Manipulation and a whole lot more.
Love Woodford and the cricket? Don’t miss a thing, The Village Green has been transformed into the MCG where you can watch performers re-enact the highlights and stay up to date with all the cricket news.
Crowd favourites Blue King Brown are back for their fifth festival and will kick off their Woodford campaign at the Grande at 3.15pm.
Rock fans the Amphitheatre is the place to be. At 8pm Australian Rock Royalty take the stage in the form of The Break. Featuring members of Midnight Oil, Violent Femmes and Hunters and Collectors.
Amphitheatre the plays host to the Babylon Circus at 9.30pm . Hailing all the way from France, the nine-piece big band have built up a worldwide following with their electric live show
Buy your tickets online to avoid higher gate prices and longer waiting queues. For the full program and to purchase tickets go to www.woodfordfolkfestival.com
Check out the video of the set up of Woodfordia for this years festival.