Massive line-up for Woodford Folk Festival
THERE is a reason the Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia's longest running music festivals.
To start with, there is the fun, friendly and eccentric atmosphere.
Then there is the fact that this year's line-up involves 400 acts presenting 1556 shows in 35 performance venues over six days and nights, meaning there really is something for everyone.
It's run by a not-for-profit organisation, so in 29 years of explosive growth it has managed to maintain its grassroots, non-commercial feel.
Topping the bill for this year's festival is American acoustic punk pioneers The Violent Femmes, along with other fantastic acts from closer to home including The Cat Empire and Kate Miller-Heidke.
Crowd favourites Sticky Fingers will be playing their sizzling blend of reggae, psych, pop and bourbon, while Bertie Blackman is sure to have the crowds dancing with her indie rock-electronica sound.
As anyone who has ever been to Woodford knows, it's not all about music.
The festival features a huge array of workshops, sideshows and guest speakers.
This year you can listen to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Academy Award nominated director or activist and banjo player Josh Fox before heading off to craft away your afternoon with Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner.
People-watching tends to be an entertainment in itself, with the festival attracting people from all walks of life, from young families and politicians to party animals and eccentrics.
The festival will close with a spectacular fire ceremony featuring more than 1500 performers.
Woodford Folk Festival 2014-2015 takes place from December 27 to January 1.
For tickets visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com.