Showcasing more than 400 acts across 25 venues across six days, the Woodford Folk Festival will return this summer for its 31st year.

Festival goers venturing to Woodford’s 500 acre parkland will be treated to everything from blues, folk, rock, world and indigenous music to dance, circus, spoken word, comedy, a series of fascinating speakers and a full-to-the-brim Children’s Festival.

Head of programming Chloe Goodyear told attendees at the program launch on Saturday night that it was difficult to narrow down a list of headline names from the massive line-up.

“There are so many performers we’ve been having conversations with over many years from Australia and across the world,” she said.

“This is both a year of firsts, along with a year of great past-performers returning. We are pretty sure there are going to be some delighted supporters and as always, an abundance of new discoveries.”

Some of the headline acts performing at this year’s festival include:

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen
  • Half Moon Run
  • Wallis Bird
  • The Bamboos
  • Dr Karl
  • Urthboy
  • Amanda Palmer
  • Meow Meow
  • Lake Street Drive
  • Thelma Plum
  • The Little Stevies
  • Tash Sultana
  • Keith Potger
  • Swamp Thing
  • Hot Potato Band
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Chad Morgan
  • Sharon Shannon
  • Steve Poltz
  • Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton
  • Yirrmal
  • Kev Carmody
  • Die Roten Punkte
  • Gregory Page
  • Vieux Farka Toure
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything
  • FourWinds
  • Gang of Youths
  • Dubioza Kolektiv
  • Xylouris White
  • Judith Lucy
  • Charles Firth

Festival general manager Amanda Jackes announced record early bird ticket sales at the program launch, putting the festival 10 per cent ahead of where it was at this time last year.

“Our history has shown that ticket pre-sales can be volatile and don’t always reflect what happens on the day, but it has to be a good sign for us,” she said.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the festival on its success.

“Woodfordia is a very special place for tens of thousands of people who attend the internationally acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival each year,” the Premier said.

“My government is proud to support Woodford Folk Festival through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of this annual event in enhancing the state’s cultural vibrancy and driving visitation to Queensland.”

The Woodford Folk Festival will be held at Woodfordia from Tuesday 27 December to Sunday 1 January. For more info and tickets, visit woodfordfolkfestival.com