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 loveup 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 ahead of the second weekend of June each year. Convention (and work commitments) be damned!
The loyal following of this rich folkie tradition was made all the more evident this year, as organisers released their entire allocation of weekend camping tickets to early birds, with more than 15% snapped up in just the first few days.
Quick-to-click punters are sure to be rewarded for their speed, with the three headline acts already announced generating a palpable buzz.
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 after wowing crowds at the Festival last year and North Queensland favourite Bobby Alu – a regular at the Townsville Cultural Fest – will bring his easy-going, smooth-Pacific multi-instrumental magicianship.
The 2019 Palm Creek Folk Festival will be held on 6-9 June 2019. For more information and tickets, go to www.palmcreek.com.au.