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SYDNEY FOLK FESTIVAL features the many musical genres that sit under the big colourful umbrella that is modern-day folk. It will be staged over three days at several indoor venues centered around a strip of PITT ST. SYDNEY CBD, near Town Hall.
Though showcasing ‘The Next Generation of Folk’ it also features legends like ERIC BOGLE, THE SEEKER’S KEITH POTGER and the internationally renowned MARA WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE. Contemporary artists include folk-jazz fusion band LUKE PLUMB AND THE CIRCUIT and classically-trained world-music ensemble CHAIKA.
A weekend (season) ticket or day ticket, makes you part of the whole festival with a choice of more-or-less continuous concerts across multiple venues featuring INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITERS, BLUEGRASS, AFRO-FUNK, WORLD BEATS, WESTERN SWING, CELTIC, CAJUN, ANGLO-BALLADRY, BLUES, AUSSIE TRAD-PUNK FUSION, SHANTIES and more. You can hear expert musicians discussing their craft, enjoy impromptu music sessions, poetry or storytellers; or maybe just lounge and listen and indulge in the dedicated FESTIVAL BARS & EATERIES
We celebrate Sydney’s multicultural diversity with the likes of our own RILEY LEE, first ever Western shakuhachi grandmaster, in concert with harpist CLIONA MOLINS or THE SYDNEY CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE; and our diverse Celtic roots with innovative young band THE LAST AUROCHS, the Scottish KEJAFI, the legendary SEÑOR CABRALES and more.
We also celebrate one of Sydney’s revered sons with a HENRY LAWSON TRIBUTE CONCERT performed by the fabulous rocky new ROWETH BAND
For the more adventurous, as night rolls on, irresistible rhythms will ring out in the DANCE VENUES until late, featuring the likes of internationally renowned guitarist MOUSSA DIAKITE and his Afro dance band WASSADO, or driving young Aussie punk folk-fusion bands like THE BOTTLERS and wild and wonderful THE BUTTON COLLECTIVE.
Tickets grant access to several venues with simultaneous programming, including Sydney Mechanics School of Art, Pitt St Uniting Church,The Edinburgh Castle Hotel and City Tattersalls Club and more.
The 3 Day season ticket and the Saturday day ticket include admission to the Saturday evening Eric Bogle concert.
The ‘Sydney Folk Festival’ is for everyone interested in adventurous music, songs that tell stories, and rhythms that set your feet tapping and your musical heart beating.
Your ticket grants you access (subject to venue capacity) to 4 PITT STREET VENUES ALL WITH SIMULTANEOUS PROGRAMMING - with additional venues to be announced!
PLEASE NOTE: Persons under the age of 18 will be admitted to The Edinburgh Castle Hotel and City Tattersalls if accompanied by an adult.
Children aged 4 and under do not require a ticket - please note for busy events, children under 4 may not be guaranteed a seat and will need to sit on guardian's lap.
The Pitt St CBD Venues include:
1. SYDNEY MECHANICS SCHOOL OF ARTS 280 PITT ST SYDNEY 2000
2. PITT ST. UNITING CHURCH 264 PITT ST SYDNEY 2000
3. THE EDINBURGH CASTLE HOTEL 294 PITT ST. SYDNEY 2000
4. CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB 198 PITT ST. SYDNEY 2000
Just a polite reminder to all 3 Day and Single Day Ticketholders:
Upon arrival all ticket holders must first visit the Festival Box Office at the CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB (198 Pitt Street) to have their ticket scanned and collect either their 3 Day wristband or Single day wristband.
With the exception of Eric Bogle concert ticket holders, you will not be permitted into Sydney Folk Festival events without a wristband.
Box Office Opening Times
5pm FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
9am SATURDAY 17 AUGUST and
9am SUNDAY 18 AUGUST
Eric Bogle Concert Only Ticketholders: Saturday August 17
Eric Bogle Concert Only Ticketholders can proceed straight to Pitt Street Uniting Church.
Important: All Eric Bogle concert ticket holders MUST arrive by no later than 7.40pm to be guaranteed entry - after this point, Single Day and Weekend Pass holders will be allowed access.
Single and Weekend Pass Holders are not guaranteed entry to any show if at capacity.
Eric Bogle / Moussa Diakite / The Seekers' Keith Potger / Mara! World Music Ensemble
Luke Plumb and The Circuit / Chaika / The Last Aurochs / Señor Cabrales / Kejafi / Riley Lee / Cliona Molins / The Bottlers / The Button Collective / Over 100 musicians in an adventurous 3-day festival of great music.