The 52nd National Folk Festival is on its way with the announcement of our 6-Pack Taster, a little tease of things to come. Heading to our shores all the way from the UK to performer exclusively for Festival goers are Faustus and Belshazzar’s Feast.
Described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s outstanding folk bands” Faustus is Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Members of this 'bloke folk' triumvirate of prodigiously talented multi- instrumentalists have also performed in other leading acts including Bellowhead, the Seth Lakeman Band, Waterson:Carthy and Whapweazel. Their three albums and dynamic shows have earned them widespread acclaim as the leading lights of their generation.
Belshazzar’s Feast (Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin) play breathtakingly beautiful and wickedly inventive tunes on oboe, accordion and violin, many of which incorporate slapstick comedy with outstanding musicianship. 
For the very first time at NFF and, from our featured State of Victoria is Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission. Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas, will be joined by Squeezebox Wally on piano accordion and a rotating lineup of talented performers to keep the party alive with Mick's unique mix of folk, roots and country. 
Frumious, representing our second featured state of Tasmania is a high-energy quintet from Hobart. Borrowing from many styles and cultures, their music is an infectiously upbeat fusion of folk and gypsy jazz with a fresh, contemporary and original sound. 
Making up the final third of our 2018 artist 6-pack are two Festival favourites. Guitarist-singer-songwriter Katey Brooks (UK) has a haunting intensity and a "voice to melt glaciers" (Venue Mag). After blowing away three full houses at the 2017 Festival, Katey is packing her guitar and returning to Australia with her new album, We The People.
Another returning Festival favourite is the ‘raucous and manic’ trio from the NSW east coast, 19- Twenty. Featuring Kane Dennelly (vocals and guitars), Syd Green (percussion, drums, dobro) and John Gwilliam on double bass and vocals, 19-Twenty believe in “asking for forgiveness not for permission” and, accordingly, their music is the closest to punk the blues will ever get. 
At this stage, with the program still to be announced you probably don't know. That doesn't mean you can't take advantage of our best priced day tickets and bag a bargain that allows you to choose your day/s when you know what's on.
Our popular Package of Days gives you this option with 4 heavily discounted day tickets that you can use yourself or share with family or friends in a variety of combinations. Package of Days is only available during EB2 & EB3 and are capped in each selling period so when they’re gone they’re gone.
Prices are now available at the EB2 rate until 31 October or, until sold out.
If you buy now at the EB2 rate you and a friend could enjoy 2 days each at the Festival for as little as $83.25 a day (Adult ticket). For more information visit the website.

STALLHOLDERS WANTED for our vibrant Festival Village! NFF is seeking stallholders offering unique and interesting items to join our marketplace. Retro, Rock’n’Roll, Vintage, Handmade, Continental Sweets, Grooming, Health and Wellbeing, Artistic, Creative and Alternative stalls are welcome.
The NFF is always on the lookout for new and exciting stalls. If you see a stall you think would be great, tell them to apply! Applications close 19 October.
Visit the Stalls Page on our Website for more information.

The National Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to a person (or a group of persons) who has made, through their lifetime, a significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk culture in Australia. 
The recipient may be a performer or may have contributed to folk culture in another way (e.g. running a folk club, collecting and recording folk culture). Anyone can nominate a person or group of persons for this award. 
Do you have someone you would like to see nominated? Nominations for the award are now open, please see our website for more information. 

Please note that previous nominations are all kept on file so there is no requirement to renominate a person you have already put forward for this award.

Expressions of Interest are Now Open
Our bustling Community Arts Program is looking for experienced artisans and facilitators to lead exciting new workshops at the Festival in 2018. We would love to hear from creative folk who are able to share their skills with our keen attendees by leading small groups in a workshop format. For the first time we are also opening up this program to our talented volunteer base to apply as presenters.
For further information and EOI forms visit our website.

The National Folk Festival has designated areas available where powered sites can be reserved for the 2018 Festival for a nominal fee. A limited number of sites are still available: The Cotter Campground is now full and Bicentennial Gardens has 13 sites. All are of varying size and cost will depend on the size of the site.
Maps showing the layout, entry points and position of each area in the overall Festival site, as well as costs are available on our website. Pre-booked powered sites are strictly limited to these two areas and will be allocated at the time of booking on a first come first serve basis.
To take advantage and guarantee your powered campsite at the 2018 Festival call 02 6242 5944 to book or visit the website for more information.

The AGM for National Folk Festival Ltd was held on 10 October 2017. The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the 2016-17 financial year were approved at the meeting and Members of the Board of Directors elected.   Details of Members of the Board of Directors and copies of the Annual Report and Financial Statement can be accessed on the website
  • Instrument Makers Applications - CLOSE 13 OCTOBER
  • Stalls Applications - CLOSE 19 OCTOBER
  • Payment Plans - CLOSE 31 OCTOBER
  • EB2 Tickets - CLOSE 31 OCTOBER
  • Volunteer Applications - OPEN 1 NOVEMBER
Join us next Easter for the 52nd National Folk Festival
Don't miss a moment. Just Be There!

29 March - 2 April 2018

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