2020 Festival

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The Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival website

The Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival is an annual gathering for people to hear, play and share acoustic music from the Bluegrass, ‘Old Timey’ and other related traditions.

Bluegrass is great music. That’s why it heads up our festival. Our stage attracts world-class musicians; many come back each year to perform, to run workshops, and to join in the fun and inspiration of all that a Wirrina festival is.

Festival News

2020 Festival (Nov 27 to 29)

We are thrilled to be GOING AHEAD with planning the Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival for November 2020. There will be a few changes this year given the COVID situation.

First up, in these uncertain times anything we plan has to be prepared for change. In the unfortunate circumstances that we have to cancel the festival due to changed COVID restrictions, we guarantee a FULL REFUND of all tickets purchased.

We might need to modify what we plan at short notice. Whatever happens, please be patient with us and each other if changes are needed.  We’d like to put on a fine weekend for those who are able to attend, and we will do our best to balance that with our responsibility to each other.


All tickets must to be bought online and are now ready to be purchased. Click on the Buy Tickets buttons on this site to go to our Humanitix site and grab yours.
This year your unpowered camping site will be included in the ticket price!  Powered sites will only cost $10 per day and can be booked when you purchase your tickets on Humanatix or by contacting the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park directly (M: 0456 983125).

2020 Festival layout

We’ll see some physical changes this year in the venue. We intend to arrange things a bit differently around the caravan park, and make the best possible use of spaces to enable us to play together, and enjoy the performances, while keeping enough distance and ventilation happening. This year the festival will mainly be an outdoors event, with shelter provided under the large awning area next to the kiosk. Seating for the concerts will under the awning and on the lawn. Please BYO camping chairs this year. The Main Stage will be on the oval facing the kiosk building. There will be separate areas provided for jamming and sessions. Workshops will be held during the day on Saturday and  Sunday in front of the main stage and in the Woolshed. The Blackboard Stage and tent will still be a much loved feature of the festival. The Festival Concerts will be held on Friday evening, Saturday late afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon.


As we are unable to predict what borders will be open or closed in late November, if you’re from outside SA, please keep an eye on the situation as things unfold closer to festival time, before booking your ticket. As much as we want all of you to be able to travel freely and join us, we do not want anyone to breach quarantine or to travel through or from areas of high risk. We also need to comply with all relevant State and Federal rules that are in place at the time.

Watch this space for more details as they emerge! Let us know anything you need to:  [email protected].

Volunteers—the 2020 Festival will need extra helpers

The caravan park has masses of well-ventilated camping space available and we will be encouraging spreading out the campsites. We have plans in place for regular cleaning of facilities. This means we do need a bunch of extra volunteers this year, not only for the usual jobs, but to enable extra cleaning of seating and equipment on a regular basis, and to support Holly and Ben (our hosts) to clean the campground facilities at a rate appropriate for a crowd of people during a pandemic. Please email us if you’re up for cleaning crew duty. The more people, the lighter the workload.

What to bring in 2020

  • BYO camping chairs and picnic rugs for outdoor concerts
  • Sun hats
  • Sunburn cream
  • Umbrellas
  • Warm clothes for evening concerts
  • Food
  • Cash
  • Your usual camping gear, and
  • Instruments.

Tickets now ready to purchase!

2020 Festival line-up

We’re been busy putting together a terrific line-up for the Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival. We are delighted to announce the first of the performers!

The Borderers
Nice Verdes
The Memphis Suns

Montz Matsumoto
Ned Wright
The Cherrypickers

Miss Ohio
Tennessee Travels: Jodie & Emlyn O’Regan with Matthew Lykos & Amber Evans
Crooked Road
Bluegrass Junction
Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club

More performers to be announced soon!

Festival COVID requirements

We can now have drink AND dance! COVID restrictions have eased a little.

  • There will be COVID marshals to remind us all of what we need to do/not do. (Please be nice to them!)
  • The usual social distancing requirements will need to be adhered to.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available—please use liberally.
  • If you have COVID symptoms come the Festival weekend, please stay at home.


A fabulous array of workshops are in the process of being booked! Attendance is included in your ticket price. Details will be posted on the Workshops page soon, but here is a taster of what will be on offer:

  • Ukulele: John Mansfield will run two workshops—one on ‘Making strums more interesting’ and another on ‘Clawhammer for Ukulele’.
  • Singing: As four classically trained vocalists, Amber, Matthew, Emlyn and Jodie are excited to offer some classical techniques for folk singers.
  • Bluegrass Fiddle: with Geoff Bridgland 
  • Banjo: with Montz Matsumoto

    And more to come!
    P.S. Interested in leading a workshop? There’s still time talk with us! [email protected]

Get involved!

There are a variety of ways to participate in the festival.

  • Apply to play on the program
  • Bring your instrument/s and play at one of the walk-up stages
  • Join in the hosted sessions
  • Attend an instrumental or vocal workshop
  • Run a workshop
  • Jam around the fire-pits
  • Come to watch and listen as part of the audience
  • Volunteer on the festival crew; six hours of service = one free festival ticket!

Book accommodation at Wirrina

For Cabins and special requests, book your Wirrina Cove Holiday Park accommodation via their online booking system. In 2020, unpowered camping sites are included in your ticket price. Powered sites can be booked when you purchase your tickets via Humanitix.

Reducing waste at Wirrina

We ask patrons to spare a thought for the environment and the volunteers who clean up after the festival. Thank you for helping us to reduce the rubbish. Lets keep up the great effort in 2020!  Reduce, reuse, recycle. 


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