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Woodford Folk Festival Has Announced Its Massive 2022–23 Comeback Lineup

Boy and Bear, Jaguar Jonze, Dani Im, John Butler and Electric Fields lead this year's bill, with the huge music fest returning for the first time since 2019.
By Sarah Ward
October 25, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
October 25, 2022
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There are plenty of ways to see out one year and welcome in the next. There are plenty of music festivals that offer that experience, too. But Woodford Folk Festival truly is an event like no other. When it sets up shop in southeast Queensland, it turns a patch of the Moreton Bay region into a thriving and heaving arts, music and culture village — and it's finally back to do it all again to farewell 2022 and greet 2023.

Back in May, the festival announced that it would indeed return this year, hosting its first fest since 2019. And, it revealed its dates: Tuesday, December 27, 2022–Sunday, January 1, 2023. Now, it has also just locked in who'll be in the bill. It's an enormous lineup, as it always is — but it starts with Boy and Bear, Jaguar Jonze, Dani Im, John Butler and Electric Fields.

Also on the program: The Black Seeds, The Black Sorrows, Gabriella Cohen, Spinifex Gum and Urthboy. Given that there's always around 2000 artists putting on 1600-plus shows across the festival's 25 stages, in venues that range from a 25,000-seat amphitheatre to chilled-out hangout spots, the list truly does go on.

Whoever piques your interest, or even if you're just keen on a Woodford experience — for the first time, tenth or more — prepare to catch a heap of bands, wander between arts performances and get a little muddy, all around 90 minutes north of Brisbane.

The festival will once again take over its Woodfordia parklands base, which now boasts a lake. And, as always, the fest's lineup spans everything from music, art, circus and cabaret to yoga, dance and comedy, plus spoken word, comedy, workshops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Tickets are already on sale, whether you'll be slumbering at one of the fest's multiple campgrounds or just heading along for the day. Whichever fits, you'll have company — more than 120,000 people attended and participated each year in pre-pandemic times.

Find highlights from the 2022–23 lineup below, and check out the full list of acts and activities on the Woodford website.

WOODFORD 2022–23 LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS:

Alysha Brilla
Andrew Small
Anna Smyrk
Ashley Watkins
Band of Frequencies
The Black Seeds
The Black Sorrows
Boy & Bear
Catherine Britt
Coterie
Dami Im
Dya Singh
Electric Fields
Electrik Lemonade
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Emily Lubitz
Eric Bogle
Fred Smith
Gabriella Cohen
Grace Petrie with Ben Moss
Greg Sheehan
Hello Tut Tut
Hollow Coves
Hot Potato Band
Inn Echo
Jacob Jolliff Band
Jaguar Jonze
The Jellyman's Daughter
John Butler
Keyim Ba
Lior & Domini
Liz Stringer
Mama Kin Spender
Marlon x Rulla
Mia Wray
The Monks of Tibet
The Moving Stills
Neil Murray
Parvyn
The Paul McKenna Band
Rachel Bailman
Rich Davies & The Low Road
Sorong Samarai
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Spinifex Gum
The Steele Syndicate
Super Massive
Tenzin Choegyal
William Barton
Urthboy
Yirrmal

The 2022–23 Woodford Folk Festival will run from Tuesday, December 27, 2022–Sunday, January 1, 2023 at Woodfordia on the Sunshine Coast. For more information, head to woodfordfolkfestival.com

Images: Woodford Folk Festival via Flickr.

Published on October 25, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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