Over 35 presenting partner festivals have signed on to present Scottish artists at their events in 2020 – some continuing a tradition of presenting the best in Scots, Gaelic and Celtic music, and some discovering the depth and richness of Scotland’s musical heritage for the first time. You’ll find a presenting partner festival in every state and territory in Australia – visit their websites to find out more about their programmes for 2020 and where Scotland is involved. New festival programmes are released every month, so keep an ear to the ground if your closest one hasn’t announced their Scottish guests, yet.

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Woodford Folk Festival 2019/20

Woodford Folk Festival

27 December 2019 - 1 January 2020
State: QLD

The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights, from December 27th through to January 1st. More than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of an estimated 132,000 people. The festival begins each year with the iconic Opening Ceremony and closes with the spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. This year will be the 34th Woodford Folk Festival and the 25th held…

Festival of Small Halls – Summer: Woodford Folk Festival – Cygnet Folk Festival – Illawarra Folk Festival

27 December 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2 February 2020 @ 12:00 am AEST
State: Queensland

  One of Scotland’s foremost singers, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent, renowned for her unique vocal style paired with her evocative songwriting. Miller creates music with detail and rich melodies that combine the sounds of indie and alternative music with sounds from her roots in folk music. Critically acclaimed Australian songwriter Jack Carty writes with an honesty, patience and love of the craft learned through the sheltered valleys and close-knit communities of a rural childhood spent in sleepy Bellingen,…

Cygnet Folk Festival

10 January 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12 January 2020 @ 10:00 pm AEDT
State: TAS

From the 10th - 12th of January 2020 the small town of Cygnet will again play host to the annual Cygnet Folk Festival. This year will be the 38th Cygnet Folk Festival, one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. Very highly regarded by musicians and festival-goers from all over Australia and overseas, competition to come to Cygnet is at an all time high amongst performers, and last year we had a record number of applications! The Festival is a…

Illawarra Folk Festival

16 January 2020 @ 8:00 am - 19 January 2020 @ 12:00 am AEDT
State: NSW

The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance. Set in the spectacular northern Illawarra Escarpment in Bulli Showground, the festival has 11 onsite venues and is a family friendly village with action from early morning to late night. With superb music from 150 international, national and local artists performing in over 320 concerts there’s also a colourful array of international food stalls,…

Tamar Valley Folk Festival

17 January 2020 - 19 January 2020
State: TAS

The festival is a unique event in the Tamar Valley area, bringing many visitors and artists to northern Tasmania from interstate and overseas. It is the major annual cultural event held over three days in George Town, and is a highly regarded musical and artistic festival, recognised as part of the National Folk Festival calendar in Australia. The festival consists of music sessions, concerts, themed concerts children's activities, poetry and dance. There will be music in the street on Saturday…

Newstead Live

24 January 2020 @ 8:00 am - 27 January 2020 @ 12:30 am AEDT
State: VIC

Newstead Live takes place each year over the last weekend in January and features The Troubadour live music venue and wine bar, concerts, sessions, blackboard spots, workshops, Australia's original trad disco and pool party, good food, camping, spacious setting and no sound spill between venues. Newstead Live Music Festival has been running for fifteen years, the first six years as Chewton Folk Festival. The festival sees a range of diverse and highly regarded international and national artists perform in venues,…

Nannup Music Festival

28 February 2020 - 2 March 2020
State: Western Australia

Nannup is a small, historic timber town in the centre of Western Australia’s stunning south-west, on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River. Nannup Music Festival is held annually over the WA Labour Day long weekend, over which time the streets come alive with stalls, performances and activities. The Festival, now in its 30th year, is a community-spirited event operated by a passionate and dedicated team of staff and committee from the not-for-profit Nannup Music Club Inc. All profits are…

Cobargo Folk Festival

28 February 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1 March 2020 @ 12:00 am AEDT
State: NSW

The historic rural village of Cobargo, on the NSW far south coast, hosts the Cobargo Folk Festival, now into its third decade. Produced by the Yuin Folk Club and first held in 1996, this festival of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry, fun and fine food and drink attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the lush Bega Valley. Folk music is music that comes out of community. It includes the tunes and songs from…

WOMAD 2020


6 March 2020 - 9 March 2020
State: South Australia

WOMADelaide is an annual four-day festival of Music, Arts and Dance, which was first held in 1992 in Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia. Part of the WOMAD festivals organisation, WOMADelaide aims to excite, to create, to inform and to highlight awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. The festival encourages people to experience the music of cultures other than their own as a way of developing global understanding, and aims to entertain all age groups and people…