130,000 music lovers get set for folk festival
STRONG pre-festival ticket sales have Woodford Folk Festival organisers smiling with the festival opening in just over two weeks.
Festival deputy director Amanda Jackes was hoping to see 130,000 visitors pass through the Woodfordia gates during the festival and she said sales so far indicated that would happen.
Ticket sales up 15% on this time last year, and Ms Jackes attributed that partly to the success of last year's event.
"Last year's festival was such a magnificent festival; the weather gods were amazing, the program was a great celebration of the 30th anniversary," she said.
"Since this year's program was launched we've had tremendous results (in ticket sales).
"I think people are feeling a bit more comfortable to spend a bit of money at the moment too."
Festival goers returning to Woodfordia this year can, as always, expect some changes.
The season camping area has been extended and the day-visitor car park moved to accommodate strong pre-sales camping tickets, some festival venues have been moved and the iconic Woodfordia sign has been renovated, giving it a fresh and beautiful look, Ms Jackes said.
Three Indonesian craftsmen, led by Amir Rabik, and a team of Australian architectural students and volunteers are busy at work constructing a new bamboo installation on a huge scale.
Visitors will pass through the 20m tall structure as they enter the festival site.
"The bamboo installations create a wonderful sense of place at the festival and really transition people into realising and getting into the festival and getting connected with the surroundings."
The Woodford Folk Festival is held over six days and six nights from December 27 to January 1. Visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com to see the program and buy tickets.