The Palm Creek Folk Festival holds a special place in many a North Queenslander’s heart.
Tucked snugly at the base of Mount Elliot, free from phone reception and in the company of more than 4,000 good-vibin’ music-devotees, this four-day love-up feels miles from civilisation but is less than 40 minutes from Townsville. Celebrating its 27th year this year, the Palm Creek Folk Festival continues to drum, march, dance and weave daisy-chains to its own beat – it proudly operates without corporate sponsorship and, despite losing its Queens Birthday weekend in 2015, continues to draw a pilgrimage of punters down the Bruce Highway on Thursday and Friday every second weekend of June. Convention (and work commitments) be damned!
While the Festival is cloaked in rich tradition, organisers continue to adapt, and will this year make a significant change to one of the biggest Festival bug-bears from years gone by – those damned Early Bird Tickets!
In previous years the allocated Early Bird tickets have been snapped up within hours of their release, leaving many would-be ticket-holders missing out on the savings. This year, organisers will instead release their entire allocation of weekend campaign tickets at the Early Bird rate from 26 January to 26 February.
Palm Creek Folk Festival organiser, John Hotschilt said the change was made particularly with families in mind.
“We want to make it a bit easier for families to come and give them a month to make their mind up,” John said. “Our programming committee has done such a great job – they basically went straight back into programming mode as the last festival was one – so now we have everyone locked in, we’re going to release a big chunk of our programme this weekend, plus all of our headliners, so people are going to know straight away what they’re going to get and they have a month to buy tickets at the Early Bird rate.”
If the three Acts already announced are anything to go by, this year’s Palm Creek Folk Festival promises to be another to remember:
Nine-piece brass-meets-beats (meets-dance-meets-soul-meets hip-hop) vibers Bullhorn are sure to get people kicking up some dust.
Rock goddess and 2018 Festival highlight Z-Star Trinity will make a much-hyped return.
And North Queensland favourite Bobby Alu will bring his easy-going, smooth-Pacific multi-instrumental magicianship.
The 2019 Palm Creek Folk Festival will be held on 6-9 June 2019.
Early Bird Tickets (Camping only) will be released on 26 January and run until 26 February (unless sold out). For more info, click here.