Port Fairy Folk Festival expands its glorious lineup for the March long weekend 

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Port Fairy Folk Festival expands its glorious lineup for the March long weekend 

Cat Clyde
Words by staff writer

John Craigie, Good Habits, Cat Clyde and Kate Miller-Heidke join the beloved Port Fairy festival.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival, an annual celebration of music and culture by the seaside, is set to electrify the Australian music scene once again with a stellar line-up for its 2024 edition. Running from March 8th to 11th in Port Fairy, the festival has just announced a slew of impressive international acts to join the already dazzling roster of performers.

Among the fresh faces are John Craigie and Ondara from the United States, English group Good Habits, and Canadian singer Cat Clyde. These talented musicians will share the stage with festival favourites such as Judy Collins, Ralph McTell, Luka Bloom, and the return of Sharon Shannon with her Big Band.

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Notably, the festival is set to showcase the incredible vocal prowess of female artists, including Kate Miller-Heidke, Fanny Lumsden, Queenie, and The Little Stevies. Additionally, The Teeny Tiny Stevies are all set to enchant audiences of all ages with their latest offerings.

In the realm of evening entertainment, festival-goers can anticipate an eclectic mix of genres. Hip hop reggae masters Cool Out Sun and dance-pop sensations The Merindas will bring the groove to the stage. Nigel Wearne & The Spooks will add a dose of Americana, while the magnetic presence of blues, rock, and folk hero Damon Smith promises to be a showstopper.

These artists join previously announced acts the legendary Graham Nash, Cam Cole, The Songbird, Gaby Moreno, Quote The Raven, Norway’s Gangar, Scotland’s Gnoss, Teho, Daoiri Farrell, Lorraine Nash, Alice Skye, Sarah Blasko and Sons of the East.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival has a rich history of drawing music lovers to the charming seaside town over the March long weekend. Justin Rudge, Program Director for the festival, promises that the excitement will only continue to grow in the months leading up to the event.

“The Port Fairy Folk Festival is a destination for music lovers and musicians. Each year we receive thousands of applications from artists around the world wanting to play at our festival, which is a true honour. The 2024 event is shaping up to be a thrilling musical feast with acts from right across the globe – some new, some nostalgic – there is certainly something for everyone,” said Justin.

With more than half of the tickets already sold, festival enthusiasts are urged to secure their tickets and accommodations in Port Fairy or nearby areas. Shuttle buses will run between Port Fairy and Warrnambool throughout the long weekend.

Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from 8 – 11 March 2024. Find out more and buy tickets here