The Woodford Folk Festival is back again and as usual there is heaps of quality entertainment on offer at the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia.

The Woodford Folk Festival runs from Friday 27 December to Wednesday 1 January at Woodfordia on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, just over an hour north of Brisbane. For the full lineup, check here.

The Woodford Folk Festival is a long running tradition and in this its 28th year Woodford will host over 500 acts across 28 venues. The festival is produced by the Queensland Folk Federation, a non-for profit community organisation and is permanently marked on many Australian’s calenders.

The festival has developed its own unique culture over the years and is always held at the home of Woodford, Woofordia. The expansive parkland of Woodfordia is located roughly an hours drive North-West of Brisbane.

The Woodfordia grounds at festival time includes 16 bars, 50 selected cafes & restaurants, 130 craft, merchandise and information stalls, an on-site doctor’s surgery, two general stores and camping grounds for campers.

Woodfordia can accommodate 25,000 people and 2600 volunteers across 140 departments contribute to the set up and running of the event.

Woodford is famous for connecting its audience with an array of musical acts as well as numerous amounts of cultural experiences and this years line-up is one of the most ambitious to-date.

This years highlights include: Beth Orton (ENG), Half Moon Run (CAN), Matt Corby, The Basics, Tim Finn (NZ), Julian Marley (JAM/ENG), Busby Marou, Buffalo Tales, Clare Bowditch, Chance Waters and Thelma Plum just to name a few.

Then of course there are the numerous speaking highlights; Professor Ian Lowe, Dr Stuart Glastonbury, Ryan Van Winkle (SCOT), Anna Rose, Simon Sheikh, Denise Scott, Susan Johnson, Benjamin Law again jsut to mention a few.

Plus there is an amazing amount of dance, theatre and circus acts to entertain festival goers.

Five facts about Woodford:

1.Has an aggregate attendance greater than 113,000

2.Has planted 100,000 trees and 600 species on the festival site since 1994

3. Fills more than 300 different positions in 140 departments with over 2,600 volunteers, contributing in excess of 1,400,000 hours

4. 70% of the audience are repeat visitors

5. Recycles 100m3 of cardboard and 10 tonnes of co-mingled recyclable waste