Yackandandah Folk Festival is very pleased to announce the return of Nicky Bomba. Nicky loves Yackandandah and his first appearance was well before he his days with the John Butler Trio and leader of famed outfit, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Nicky always provides excellent bang for your festival buck. He is guaranteed to get you out of your seat and dancing like no one’s watching! Nicky Bomba will be performing twice over the weekend, playing The Public Hall at 8.30pm Friday night and in The Marquee at 8pm Saturday night. Both performances are bound to be popular so best make note of them so you don’t miss out seeing one of our most dynamic performers live.
Ticket sales have now reached the 78% sold mark, which means if you haven’t bought your 2019 YFF tickets yet, best do it straight away. We will definitely sellout well before the festival begins by all accounts. Please don’t leave it until you get here on the weekend and expect to just pick up tickets on the day we begin as you are going to be sadly disappointed. Our ratio of quality performers versus ticket price has always been very favourable and that fact has become very well known amongst people who are regular festival attendees. We always strive to keep costs down so you, dear reader, get the benefits.
World folk music veteran Marcia Howard, heads up a strong field of Australian acts at this years festival. Marcia has appeared onstage with the cream of the folk music world including such luminaries as Ireland’s legendary Mary Black. Marcia forged a strong reputation as a tremendous vocalist whilst a member of 80’s rock music stalwarts Goanna, along with her brother Shane, who also appeared at the festival in 2017. Her earthy , soulful voice is just as great as it’s always been as one listen to either her latest album, Everything Reminds Me or her Nashville Sessions EP will attest. We’re very pleased that Marcia has returned to wow our audiences once again this year.
By the time this post is published, it’s very likely we will have passed the 800 tickets sold mark. Given the fact we’re still 46-odd days out from the start of this years festival, this has beaten the previous sales record by a good 20 days! What does this mean? It means we’re well on track to sell out for a 4th straight year that’s what it means! It is also a friendly little reminder that if you haven’t secured your tickets for the 2019 festival, you had best not waste much time. We sold out more than two weeks before the festival began last year so if our sales are any gauge, it will be sold out even sooner than in 2018. This year, we have an extra venue, which means we can increase the number of tickets available for sale. This is a bonus but you shouldn’t be complacent by thinking you still have plenty of time on your side. Avoid disappointment and place your 2019 Yackandandah Folk Festival ticket order today.
Festivals, no matter how large or small, rely on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Whether its helping to set out chairs for patrons, putting up temporary fencing to secure ticketed venues, being a ticket checker, venue MC or Manager, all these roles are important. Some require experience whereas others can be learned “on the job” as it were from experienced regulars. It’s not only great fun but if you volunteer enough hours of your time, you can qualify for either a discounted or free ticket to the festival. Our Volunteer Coordinators are still looking for extra people to help out this year. Why not head on over to the “Volunteers” section of the website and see how you go about getting behind the scenes of one of the best little events in Australia? Volunteer today-you know you want to.
We’re only 2 months away so without further delay, here they come! From the USA, we have the amazing duo Red Tail Ring, Melissa Crabtree with Dayan Kai, guitar maestro Richard Gilowitz,and Dana Sipos from Canada. Hailing from the UK are the explosive Z-Star Delta; from across the ditch in NZ silky smooth The Frank Burkitt Band. Black Orchid Stringband present their West Papuan freedom struggle through ukelele’s and soaring harmonies. Locals are well supported too with Celtic sensations Saorise, The laconic Fred Smith with his band, The Maes with their contemporary take on folk music, our very own Pete Denahy, transplanted Enda Kenny, a truly international Joel Havea who was born in Tonga, lives and performs in Germany and visiting mum in Yackandandah, International touring artiste, Dean Haitani. Lots to love and more to be announced soon. Like a late night shake then there is Hello Tut Tut, The Go Set, The Royal High Jinx, and to sooth away the night before is Yoga Loves Music on Saturday and Sunday mornings.Tickets are selling at well above normal targets for this year so don’t miss out and order yours today.
YFF 2019 is but 4 short metric months away and as usual, promises to provide everything you’ve come to expect. Whether it’s musical acts from the far flung reaches of the world or exciting children’s entertainers, amazing workshops, fabulous food, unique venues, we have it all.
Speaking of venues, we are pleased to announce that next year, we will have an all new acoustic-only performance space. St James Uniting Church, which is located behind the public school only one block back from the main street of Yackandandah, was built in 1868 and has all the atmosphere and wonderful acoustic properties you’d expect for a building designed for choirs and unplugged performance.
The festival caters for music lovers of all ages! Bring the kids along to these free activities.
It’s only 10 days out folks! Yack Folk Festival is on the way and tickets are set to sell out very soon even earlier than they have in the past 2 years! Haven’t got yours yet? You’d better hurry because you don’t want to miss this year’s amazing lineup of performers.