The township of Yungaburra will be magically and musically transformed this month when the Tablelands Folk Festival takes over for three days.
Every pub, café, restaurant and shop will be part of the event, offering live music, poetry readings, or workshops for the 37th annual festival.
The 13 different venues and more than 50 acts ensure every musical taste is catered to, says festival secretary Bronwyn Hodgkins.
“We have got seven-piece dance bands through to solo singer songwriters. It is a festival with huge community spirit and an amazing variety of music.”
Significant this year is the increase in prize money for the annual songwriting contest, which now stands at $1500. There are open and emerging categories and entry is open now.
Several fringe events have also expanded – the Health and Wellness Fair includes more stalls as well as massage, tai chi and other workshops and the Children’s Festival “is bigger than ever” said Bronwyn.
Other highlights are Woree High School’s marching band leading the parade and Dream State Circus performing in the main street.
This year headliner acts are Sydney’s Willowy & Junkyard Beats, Melbourne’s Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Rosie Burgess Trio.
Ungus Ungus Ungus, The Good Girl Song Project, Totally Gourdgeous, Brisbane’s The Mouldy Lovers, Women in Docs, Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman, the Northern Territory’s Stu Harcourt & Daniel Townsend, Townsville’s 33 1/3 & Littmus Steampunk Band and Adelaide’s The Timbers.
The local contingent includes Hot Ice, The Kroovs, Dream State Circus, Los Caracoles, Django in the Djungle, Katie Jay, The Montgomery Brothers and Benny & The Clones.
Early bird tickets for $90 are on sale now online at tablelandsfolkfestival.org.au or buy from Buzz Music, Music City in Cairns, Uptown Music in Atherton, The Closet Hippy in Malanda, and Quincan Cottage Café and Curtain Fig Motel in Yungaburra.
The Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra runs from October 27-29. For more information and full program visit www.tablelandsfolkfestival.org
Posted by Tanya Snelling under Events | Posted on 24th Oct 2017