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 alsofeatures 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 aHENRY 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 The Criterion Hotel and more.
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!
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
Upon arrival all ticket holders must first visit the Festival office at the SYDNEY MECHANICS SCHOOL OF ARTS 280 PITT ST SYDNEY 2000 to have their ticket scanned and collect either their 3 Day wristband or Single day wristband.
Doors Open Times:
Doors open 6pm FRIDAY 16 AUGUST
10am SATURDAY 17 AUGUST and
10am SUNDAY 18 AUGUST
PLEASE NOTE: Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted into The Edinburgh Castle Hotel (including infants). We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Persons under the age of 18 are permitted into the Sydney Mechanics School and Uniting Church.
For set times and full line up information visit www.sydneyfolkfestival.com.au
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.