2019 Festival Information, Ticket Exchange, Buses, Performance times & more
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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,

In two weeks time Port Fairy will be the folk music capital of Australia, if not the world! Now is the time to really start planning, please find below some helpful information.

1. Ticket Exchange. The Ticket Exchange is located at Southcombe Park Stadium, Campbell St, Port Fairy. This is is where you exchange your e–ticket for a permanent four–day pass wristband, each ticket holder must collect their wristband in person. Each wristband contains a unique chip, which will be scanned as you walk through the Arena’s entry and exit points. Take care not to twist your wristband or treat it roughly as this may damage the integrity of the chip. They are waterproof, so immersing in water is OK. Please show your wristband to venue staff at the entrance of all ticketed venues outside the Arena that do not have scanning points. On Saturday evening from 5:00pm the Ticket Exchange will relocate to the stadium foyer. Please check that you have your tickets (either paper or saved on your device), as there will be a small admin fee to search your ticket for verification. ID will be required to do so. If you cannot find your tickets, they can be retrieved from
Drink tickets for the Shebeen and Speakeasy are available for purchase at the Ticket Exchange from 9:00am Friday.

Ticket Exchange Hours are:
Friday 9:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 5:00 - 11:00pm (Stadium Foyer)
Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm (Stadium Foyer) 

2. Street closures in Bank, Sackville and Campbell Streets. Campbell St closure will be activated from 8am on Friday 8 March, and Bank and Sackville Streets closure from 5:00pm. The Opening Parade from Fiddlers Green down Sackville St will commence just after 5:00pm and lead to the Festival gates where a Smoking Ceremony conducted by the traditional owners of our lands, the Peek Whurrong people, will precede the opening of the gates at 5:30pm.

3. Music shuttle bus & Warrnambool & Gum Tree Caravan Park bus services. We provide a Music Shuttle Bus so that you can easily access the outer venues in town. The bus leaves the Gardens Oval every 45 minutes between 6:30pm and 11:30pm Friday; 8:30am to 12:30am Saturday and Sunday; and 8:00am until 2:00pm on Monday. The last bus leaves the Festival Arena Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 12:00 midnight.

The Music Shuttle Bus is a low floor bus with pram and wheelchair access. The bus service requests a gold coin donation. Music Shuttle Bus route  is on the Festival Map - please download here.

The Festival has introduced buses for patrons travelling from Warrnambool and Gum Tree Caravan Park. Both services disembark at the Festival Gates, Campbell St, Port Fairy. There is no need to book for either service. Please arrive at your pick up point early as ‘first in, best dressed’ seating applies.

Warrnambool pick ups:

i. Visitor Inforamtion Centre, 89 Merri St, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

ii. 600 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool (Near KFC)


WARRNAMBOOL (Coaster buses unless stated otherwise)
Leave Flagstaff Hill 5.30pm
Leave Flagstaff Hill 7.30pm        Leave Festival 11:30pm (Coach)
Saturday & Sunday
Leave Flagstaff Hill 9.00am        Leave Festival 5.00pm 
Leave Flagstaff Hill 1.00pm.       Leave Festival 9.00pm 
Leave Flagstaff Hill 6.00pm.       Leave Festival 11.30pm (Coach) 
Leave Flagstaff Hill 9.00am        Leave Festival 1.00pm 

Gum Tree Caravan Park bus is a coaster bus and will also stop at Port Fairy Big 4 and Belfast Cove Caravan Park.
Leave Gum Tree 5:30 pm Leave Festival 11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
Leave Gum Tree 9:15am        Leave Festival 4:00pm
Leave Gum Tree 6:00pm        Leave Festival 11:00pm
Leave Gum Tree 9:15am         Leave Festival 1:15pm

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is proudly working Towards Zero with the TAC.
4. Waste and recycling. We are aiming to reduce 70% of waste from landfill. We will have PFFF Water bottles for sale, or please bring your own. If you purchased a PFFF Keep Cup last year please pack it in your bag and a 50 cent discount applies at all Arena Coffee Vendors, or Keep Cups are for sale at the Merchandise Tent. We have wonderful drinking water in 2019 and have increased hydration stations throughout the Arena, thanks to Wannon Water. We have introduced three streams of waste disposal and will have ‘Waste Fairies’ to guide you as to what goes where.

5. Timetable. The all important grid is on line and downloadable now, and individual artist times are on the website under each of their listings, so you can map your magical carpet ride of music, workshops and fun. You will receive your A4 Souvenir Program at the Ticket Exchange.

6. Seating & etiquette. All stages in the Arena have a blend of provided seating and a grassed area for BYO ‘folkie chairs’. When the stage is colour coded orange in the grid, the grassed area is dance friendly. We ask that at all times you respect your fellow patrons and the artists. MCs will announce when a stage will be dance friendly, and rest assured those of you who would like to sit can certainly do so in the provided seating area. We require that you keep the aisles in all venues clear at all times of any personal items to ensure access. We have a pass out system in the case of a full house in Stage 3 and the Shebeen. Also please note we have wonderful ushers who are volunteers and are there to assist you at all venues, in addition we have security at the festival. Both are there to ensure a safe and wonderful time for all, and in the case of any frustrations we ask that you be patient. The complete venue etiquette guidelines and services is in the Souvenir Program pages 6 - 8, and we ask that you take the time to read this section.

7. Shebeen & Speakeasy alcohol tickets. There are two licensed areas in the Festival Arena. The Shebeen is a fully licensed area, and the Speakeasy is at the rear of Stage 2. These bars are managed by the volunteer committee and community groups from Port Fairy. Both bars open at 5:30pm on Friday. All alcohol tickets are non-refundable, so we encourage you to keep this in mind when purchasing your drink tickets. After 12:00 noon on Monday drink tickets in the Shebeen will be limited to 2 per person, with final ticket sales at 1:00pm, as last drinks are at 1:30pm. The Speakeasy is not open on Monday. For your convenience and to avoid a rush in the Shebeen, drink tickets are available at the Ticket exchange from 9:00am Friday.

Where do the funds go? We hear you ask. Profits from the festival are returned to the community for a variety of initiatives including health, cultural and creative activities, sporting and community programs and infrastructure projects such as the Port Fairy Hospital  and Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. The Festival has returned over $10 million dollars in to the community via the grants program, and is able to do this with the support of all the volunteers who help deliver the festival and of course you, the audience with your ongoing support. We thank everyone for making this festival possible and magnificent, not only as a music and cultural event, but ensuring it exemplifies outstanding community practise.

8. The Opening Ceremony. Mirteetch - Stories from the Sea will commence on Stage 1, at 6:00pm sharp, followed by the Find Your Voice All Abilities Choir. At 6:30 pm the festival will be in full swing.

9. Souvenir Program. When you collect your Souvenir Program we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the maps, and make note of emergency exists. This year we have two maps, one for the whole festival including the Village Program, and magnified full page map for the Arena.

We look forward to seeing you in two weeks.

Warmest regards,

The Program Team. x
Click here to listen to our 2019 Artist playlist
Click here to buy Festival tickets
The 43rd festival: March 08 – 11, 2019
Ph: 03 5568 2227 | F: 03 5568 1819 |
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