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The Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival website

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival 2017 another memorable gathering. The musicians, the volunteers, the Wirrina Holiday Park staff (Ben and Holly especially), and the audiences.

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

The next festival will now be held over the weekend of November 16 —18, 2018.

So, it rained. And the wind blew. And it happened last year too. We felt it and so did you. The result is we’re taking action.

After considering feedback from our wonderful community, the Festival committee discussed a range of possibilities to make the Festival an even better experience for the future. The outcome is that in 2018, the Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival will be held on the 3rd weekend of November. SAVE THE DATES: November 16,17 & 18 for 2018.

We had previously announced a change to the last full weekend of November. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we have now reassessed this in light of some changes to other related events and music festivals. If you have already made a booking at Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Holly and Ben are aware of the situation and will be very happy to change your booking to the festival weekend. Please contact them to make sure your booking is secured.

The spring weather on the Fleurieu Peninsular in late November is much more likely to be pleasant. So our chances of avoiding the puddles and the wind are far greater. Bring on pleasant sunny days and balmy evenings please weather god/s.

View the 2017 Festival gallery

Many thanks to Ian Fisk for the use of his photography. Have a look at a selection of Ian’s images from the 2017 festival.

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!

Blackboard stages

There are plenty of opportunities to perform on the walk-up stage at a Wirrina Festival. Put your name on the blackboard list when you arrive. Two to three songs are generally allowed although the MC of each session will use their discretion. There will be jamming around the fire pits, in the dining room, and in the session tent throughout the festival. Come along!

Reducing waste at Wirrina

This year we are asked patrons to please spare a thought for the environment and the volunteers who clean up after the festival. Thank you for helping us to reduce the rubbish. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

The Festival mugs and wine glasses proved to be a successful addition in 2017. The Holiday Park managers tell us that there was far less garbage to deal with—plastic cups and single-use disposable coffee cups. And as far as we know there were only a couple of breakages, which were cleaned up quickly and easily. They’ll be there again next year to purchase if you didn’t get one in 2017.

2017 Festival program

Wirrina Workshops 2017

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