We had the pleasure of spending the last few days of 2014 and the very first of 2015 at the splendid and wonderfully weird Woodford Folk Festival hidden away in the forests of QLD.
I would recommend anyone going to this gem of a place just once as it's a festival like no other, a place where anyone can be anything. A feast for the eyes and a hug for the soul. I did begin to feel like an inadequate human being seeing the immense talent of others, everything from amazing musical passions to acrobats and circus tricks. The strength and passion of others is inspiring and definitely a great way to see in the new year, and watching the first sunrise of the year is a pretty great feeling.
You could do nothing but watch bands or you could spend your days crafting with a range of workshops available.. there is comedy, cabaret, acrobats, talks, so many amazing foodstalls and juice galore. Go explore the colours of the wonderland..
For me there is a certain nostalgia to it, anyone who went to glasto back in the day would understand. I first went to Glastonbury in the late 90's (yup...) when 'grunge' music was not cool and tickets were only 80 pounds. Before Kate moss wore wellies and strutted around in the mud looking hot, before people showered at festivals and hair was a greasy matt and mud was our moisturiser. Don't worry I am not suggesting I didn't shower, this is in QLD and it's a muggy 30 degrees, the shower was block was a great place to be :) But there are real hippies, tie dye (and not because it is trendy again), wizards, people dressed as angels and fire-eaters. Time has forgotten Woodford and I hope it never finds it so we can all remember what festivals should be about, a little escape from the humdrum of reality and expressing our inner grubble.
I love discovering new music, some of my highlights this year were.... Del Barber, The Mae Trio, Mia Wray, Lior, Mama Kin, The East pointers, Matt Andersen, John Smith, Jenn Grant, Paper lions... just to name a few.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who make this festival possible, it is incredible how many people devote their time to making it the event it is. Perhaps one day that would be a great way to give back to the experience.
Back to the real world... until next time Woodfordia.