Bring in the New Year at Gulgong Folk Festival

If you’re still deciding how to bring in New Year 2018 in the Mudgee region, look no further then one of the region’s biggest events – the Gulgong Folk Festival.

Now in its 31st year, the festival has undergone somewhat of a facelift with a new committee, however it will continue to focus on the traditional elements that have kept punters coming back year after year.

Festival Committee Chair Marcus McLennan emphasised their dedication to preserving the legacy of the festival.

“Poetry and bush music has been the bread and butter of the festival since the early days, and we want to keep those traditions central to the festival program,” Mr McLennan said.

“But we also want to appeal to a wider audience by including contemporary Aussie folk and other genres.”

There will be a plethora of performances to enjoy over the festival, which will take place from 29th Dec to New Year’s Eve 2018.

Iconic Australia bush band The Bushwackers will draw in the crowds. They play proudly Australian music, much of which is based on traditional folk and working songs from the early 20th Century.

The Bushwackers will play a concert on the 30th December followed by the ever-popular bush dance on New Year’s Eve.

The festival will also host the poet’s breakfast, a range of traditional workshops, a guitar competition and blackboard concerts for the up and coming performer.

Another highlight of the festival will be the popular John Dengate Political Satire Songwriting Competition, where aspiring satirists tip their hat to the late great Australian Son, John Dengate, and his sharp-witted approach to song writing.

All of Gulgong will be coming alive in an event that is not to be missed.

Need to know:

When: 29th Dec to New Year’s Eve 2018

Where: Mayne Street, Gulgong

Further information: Follow the festival on Facebook or visit

One thought on “Bring in the New Year at Gulgong Folk Festival

  1. Di Clifford

    This is the biggest little Festival around Australia. Loads of music and fun. Headline act, The Bushwackers Bush Band, is drawing interest from right around eastern Australia!! The place to be, Dec 29-31, 2017. I have attended most of the Gulgong Folk Festivals since 1989. Great entertainment and fun. Happy New Year!!!


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