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MountainGrass November 2018


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Australian Roots Music Festivals 2019


At Listening Through The Lens we have been steadily working on a single, go-to check-point for as many music festivals in the USA that we could find.  The reason?  Well, when planning trips to North America, we like to pack in as much live music as we can.  What better way to do that than to go to a festival where there are multiple sets, maximum diversity, great vibes and get exposure to lots of new music. 

Even more, work out how to get such an event every weekend – can’t have too much of a good thing, eh?  The recently-completed TriFest Music Tour managed to get four festivals in four weeks,  AmericanaFest (Nashville), Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion (Tennessee/Virginia), Columbia Missouri’s Roots n Blues n BBQ and the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival (Guthrie, Oklahoma).  It worked out to be 14 days of festivals in 30 days – we like that strike rate!

That American list has grown and now we have manged to get well over 400 separate events, and it has proved to be one of our most successful pages, hits-wise. 

See our latest USA 2019 list


Now, we would love to do the same thing within these Australian shores.  It is a challenge to uncover most of them all, but we are determined.

Please help ustell us your favourite, let us know one that you’d like to go to, particularly in your own community

We will include a website link and confirmed dates for each.


From humble beginnings…, we have wracked our brains for two hours (well closer to 45 minutes) and here’s what we came up with:


Bluesfest Byron Bay NSW 18 – 22 Apr
MountainGrass Beechworth VIC 8 – 10 Nov
Kelly Country Pick Beechworth VIC tba
Queenscliff Music Queenscliff VIC 22 – 24 Nov
Woodford Folk Woodford QLD 27 Dec – 1 Jan
Port Fairy Folk Port Fairy VIC 8 – 10 Mar
Womadelaide Adelaide SA 8 – 11 Mar
National Folk Canberra ACT 18 – 22 Apr
Bendigo Autumn Music Bendigo VIC 25 – 28 Apr
White Cliffs Music White Cliffs NSW 17 – 19 May
Cygnet Folk Cygnet TAS 11 – 13 Jan
Guilford Banjo Jamboree Guildford VIC 20 – 22 Sep
Uranquity Folk Uranquinty NSW 4 – 7 Oct
Out On The Weekend Williamstown VIC Oct tba
Foggy Mountain Kinglake VIC Oct tba


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  1. Dorrigo, Yackandandah, Newstead, Bendigo Blues, Echuca Blues, Meredith/Golden Plains, Falls.

    I’d suggest checking the Festivals page in Rhythms magazine over the last year, as it’s pretty extensive.

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    • Cheers – thanks Keiran!

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