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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

Book your tickets for the 2018 Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival now!

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

The 2018 Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival line-up is looking very exciting! Here’s a taste:

•  The Apostle’s String Band  •  Crooked Road  •  Bluegrass Junction  •  OpenHouse  • The Sherrahs  •  Buckley’s Chance  •  Cat & Clint  • Blue Limit  • Jody and Innes  •  Saltwater Taffy  • Paul Reynolds … and more to come. Watch this space!

Go to the 2018 Performers page and read about what to expect.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who applied to perform in 2018. Applications have now closed.

If you don’t make the cut please don’t be too disheartened. You are most welcome to apply again next year. We had a very high calibre of musicians express interest and the most applicants in the festival’s history! We have a set number of acts we can put on the program and there are many variables involved in the selection process—it ain’t easy. At the Festival there will be 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 to. So come along and join in the fun.

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 Venue page for information about the site.

To find other accommodation in the district go to: www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au/yankalillaTourism/accommodation

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

In 2017 we asked 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 2018!  Reduce, reuse, recycle. 

The Festival mugs and wine glasses were a great success in 2017. There was far less garbage to deal with—such as plastic cups and single-use disposable coffee cups. Be sure to buy your Festival mug and wine glass from the office in 2018.

Festival mug

Book your tickets now!

Tickets are available at Try Booking

Weekend passes:
$85.00 Youth (13–18): $30

$30.00 Youth: $15

$50.00 Youth: $25

$30.00 Youth: $15

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