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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

Planning for the 2018 Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival is well underway.

Remember the new date the festival is November 16, 17 & 18 for 2018. We anticipate much better weather!

Applications to perform on the 2018 program will close at the end of May.

Last chance to apply now! We have received a wonderful array of applicants this year already. If you miss out for 2018, please consider coming along for the festival still. There are plenty of opportunities to play on the open mic stage and jamming/sessions go on around the clock (almost!). There will also be a program of workshops to participate in. This is a festival to bring your instruments and your voice along to.

Applications are now open for volunteers

Email Alex to register your interest: [email protected]
For further information please visit the volunteers page.

Book your accommodation now!

Contact Holly and Ben at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park if you would like to stay onsite at the festival. There are powered and unpowered camping sites plus a limited number of cabins available.  Visit the Accommodate page for information about the site.

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.

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