Photo: Peter van der Veer

Victoria’s most well-known folk festival, the iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, paying homage to peace, love and music with an Australian-exclusive performance from Melanie (Brand New Key, Lay Down).

Joining Melanie in this special event will be the original setlist from the iconic festival featuring Melisande, Marcia Howard, Tiffany Eckhardt, Nick Barker, Tomato/Tomato, Front Country, Les Chauffeur a Pieds, The Naked Waiters and more.

The festival will also see first-time performances by Alejandro Escovado (US), Daoiri Farrell (Ireland), Front Country (USA), Gaby Moreno (USA), Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales), The Moulettes (UK), Resonant Rogues (USA) and Skerryvore (Scotland), among many more.

Beginning on the Friday - International Women’s Day – the festival is on from 8-11 March 2019, and will also host The Vandemonian Lags, a historical musical journey that weaves a live concert performance together with the dramatic, true stories from Australia’s

rum, sodomy and lash-filled convict past. An outstanding group of musicians including Ben Salter, Van Walker and Liz Stringer will link songs with spoken word pieces from narrators Brian Nankervis and Tim Rogers, with music composed by roots music icon, Mick Thomas.

‘Folk music from all cultures is steeped in history, and this year our signature special and collaborative events draw on traditional and contemporary histories, from the Vandemonian Lags’ cry for freedom, and Woodstock’s call for peace ... folk music has the ability to connect us all.

“From our own diverse Australian stories to the rich folk traditions of Canada, the USA, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, Greece and Italy, we celebrate the music and the icons of folk, acknowledge our historical past and welcome the musicians making their festival debut,’ says Program Director Caroline Moore.

Held in one of Victoria’s most picturesque seaside villages, Port Fairy, this year’s festival is the 43rd Folk festival to be held here, and welcomes music lovers of all ages.

Read about the Port Fairy Folk Festival line-up and download their program on their website here!


Dates: 8 - 11 March 2019

Location: Southcombe Park Sports Reserve. Multiple locations at the venue.

Times: See website for full event listing.

Port Fairy Folk Website