Woodford to splash along as always
SOME of the best Woodford Folk Festivals have been held in the rain, according to director Bill Hauritz.
And with 533mm falling in Woodford this month alone, the 25th anniversary of the festival, which kicks off today, should be one to remember.
An estimated 10,000 people had already packed into campgrounds at Woodfordia in anticipation of a wet but wonderful week.
“The atmosphere is there, people are just happy and excited to be here,” Mr Hauritz said.
“The camp grounds are a little big soggy in parts, but people are making the most of it.”
More than 120,000 people are expected to descend upon the 200-hectare property over the coming six days.
A further 2700 volunteers across 160 departments have helped with the set-up and will continue their support with the day to day running of the festival.
Mr Hauritz said yesterday preparations were ahead of schedule and that the show would go on no matter the weather.
“The site is in great shape, improvements have been made to festival streets and the site is draining well,” Mr Hauritz said.
This year’s program features 636 acts across 39 venues, which are all with the exception of one, undercover.
One camper, Morayfield resident Tash Kastrissios, 25, arrived on site Christmas Day. “The festival is cranking into gear. It’s pretty wet but there is lots of stuff going on even though it hasn’t started yet,” she said.
“The diversity of the festival is what really excites me. Everyone can come together no matter your taste in music or age. It’s such a friendly festival, there is something very family about it.
Ms Kastrissios said this would be her 15th festival.
The coming days will not fair any better, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with rain periods predicted from today until Wednesday, showers easing on Thursday, a shower or two for Friday before a mostly fine predicted Saturday.
But that will not deter the big acts set to perform, including The Cat Empire, Kate Miller-Heidke, You Am I and Arrested Development.
The program will also feature dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, circus performances, late night cabarets and special events.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who will host a talk during the festival, was spotted at the festival yesterday afternoon.
“He really enjoys the festival. He was a bit of celebrity last year, everyone wanted a photo with him,” a spokeswoman said.
Fellow former PM Kevin Rudd as well as renowned Australian ABC Television presenter Kerry O’Brien is also scheduled to hold talks.
The festival’s program begins at 8am today and runs through to late on January 1. Tickets are available on the Woodford Folk Festival website at www. woodfordfolkfestival.com or by calling the Queensland Folk Federation on 5496 1066.
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Big acts to follow
Gracing the stages at Woodford this week include The Cat Empire, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan and The Captains, Lior, Blue King Brown and international guests Arrested Development (USA), The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker (USA), the incredible Katzenjammer (Norway) and Baskery (Sweden).