After the success of The Planting at the end of April, Woodfordia Inc. has announced early bird tickets for this years Woodford Folk Festival will go on sale this Wednesday.
For the first time in the festival’s long history, ticket sales will be capped in an effort to ensure the comfort, enjoyment and safety of festival patrons and to help preserve the Woodfordia site.
Festival Director Bill Hauritz said that after years of unprecedented growth, the decision to limit the number of tickets available, in particular to the festival on New Years Eve to the attendance of the 2016/17 event, was necessary.
“Last year was – dare we say it – our ‘best’ festival,” he said.
“The festival was the cleanest, most respectful, most energetic and beautiful that we’ve seen. Because of our growing popularity, we’ve had to make big changes.”
“A lot of work is going into creating a deeper festival experience for our beloved patrons.”
Tickets will be more expensive to buy than in previous years in the hope the not-for-profit can secure a better financial position for the years to come.
In another big change for the festival this year, ticket sales will only be available online. Festival patrons travelling from South East Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, interstate and overseas will need to purchase their tickets in advance, even day passes once the festival has started, via the Woodford Folk Festival Website.
Another major change to the festival is that all vehicles will require a car pass for the 2017/18 event. Whilst this is inline with other major Australian festivals, organisers have previously been reluctant to introduce something that may be perceived as ‘just another tax’. However, the large number of cars in the camping grounds taking shaded places and the volume of traffic on the roads has caused organisers to rethink this.
As the festival continues to hone it’s operations whilst still delivering an event that represents value for money, the 2017/18 festival will see a return of the RFID cashless technology and reusable cups, both of which will now be available at no cost to festival patrons.
Now in it’s 33rd year, the Woodford Folk Festival has become known around Australia as a place of discovery, connection and entertainment. Held in the last week of the year between Boxing Day and New Years Day, the 200-hectare site an hour north of Brisbane features a large and varied program of sensory delights for all age groups.
Early-bird tickets at discount rates will go on sale Wednesday at 12midday at woodford.org.au. Payment plans are available for all ticket types.