Auckland Folk Festival

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Latest news: The programme is now available. 

Check out the updated site map. You will find some new and different things!

    • Village Stage - a brand new marquee for blackboard concerts. This stage replaces the 'Damper Inn'. 
    • The Small Hall has been renamed the 'Kumeu Room'.
    • Two recycling stations this year! One near the Mill and one near the Barn.
    • The 'Old Kitchen' has been renamed the 'Workshop'.
    • The Tower Shop will be the go to place for CD sales and general information. Device charging will also be available.

All new food vendors this year. A tasty selection will be on offer:

    • Authentic Indian Cuisine
    • Dixie Barbeque
    • Lickety Split Ice Cream
    • One Love Vegetarian
    • Go Go Mexican
    • Deli Sandwiches

The Auckland Folk Festival Committee is pleased to announce the RMNZ Folk Album of the Year (Tui) will be presented again at this years' festival. The finalists are:

The finalists will be performing Sunday in the Main marquee from 6-7pm. The Tui will be presented during the Main Concert on Sunday.

Mel Parsons will be the guest this year for The 'Songwriters Speaks' session sponsored by APRA AMCOS. The session will be held on Sunday in the Mill at noon. Mel is a two-time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year, and a finalist for the coveted APRA Silver Scroll award. With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, she has built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way – winning over audiences on the live circuit. Along with NZ performances, Parsons has had recent tours in Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and Germany.

The festival committee is very excited about the main line-up for the 2016 festival!

    • Martin and Eliza Carthy
    • Dan Walsh
    • Mustered Courage
    • Donna Dean
    • Albi and the Wolves
    • Gillian Boucher and Bob McNeill
    • Chris Priestley and Unsung Heroes
    • The Bollands
    • Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen

Also performing as a part of our exciting, new line-up are:

The date of the 2016 festival has changed to February 5-8, 2016 (Waitangi weekend). Since Waitangi day has been Monday-ized, this is a national three day weekend. The festival will still be held at Kumeu Showgrounds. 

About the festival...

The Auckland Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, song and dance for the whole family. It takes place on Waitangi Weekend at Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland.   The festival is organised by members of Devonport Folk Music Club, Titirangi Folk Music Club, Auckland Bluegrass & Traditional Old Time Country Music Club, The City of Auckland Morris Dancers, Gaidhealtachd, and Second Hand News.

Kumeu Showground is an ideal festival site, with a large flat camping area, plenty of parking, hot showers and both flush and portable toilets. On site catering is provided and off site there are shops and restaurants within walking distance.

In respone to requests, two recycling stations will be available on site this year. We encourage everyone to recycle and help us diminish the amount of rubbish that goes to the landfill. And of course, we encourage all festival-goers to take their rubbish and recyclables home!