25, 26, 27 October

Performer Expressions of Interest for the 22nd Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival will open in February 2024.

As always, we are excited to put together a programme that reflects the diverse origins of folk, bluegrass, old-time and old-time country music featuring local, national and overseas artists.


  •  The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is organised each year by a small dedicated committee. It builds on the vision started by Jack Sommers in 2002 for a festival to celebrate “music in the hills” and bring together a high quality mix of Bluegrass, Folk and Old-Timey music to the Dorrigo Plateau.
  •  Performer EOI are currently closed. 
  •  Performer selection and notification of performers should be completed by the middle of June 2024. We will respond to all EOI, please be patient with us. 
  •  Performers must complete a performer EOI, which is available from the link below. 
  • The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival covers the genres of “Folk’, “Bluegrass”, and “Old-Time” music. For a performer EOI to be considered favorably, it should fit in with the acoustic “flavour” of the Festival.
  • When quoting your fee, please take into consideration that the Festival is a not-for-profit event with a limited budget.
  •  Fees quoted should be inclusive of GST and include all costs such as travel – ABN and GST status must be specified. 
  • The DF&BF Inc. is NOT responsible for booking flights and rental vehicles. This responsibility falls on the performers.
  • For those planning on using air passage, the closest airport is Coffs Harbour. The Festival will organise transport from the Coffs Harbour Airport to The Dorrigo Showgrounds (festival site) if needed. 
  •  Performer camping is available on site free of charge, and a number of billets are available close to the showground by prior arrangement. Billets are expected only to provide beds for 3 nights at most.
  •  Due to the rural location of Dorrigo and the logistics of travel, we anticipate that the successful artists will be available for the entire weekend and welcome offers of prospective workshops and availability to perform for the younger generations.
  •  If any changes to band members or performances are proposed, the Artistic Director (Bridget) needs to be notified. Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc. may amend the offer accordingly.
  • The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc. reserves the right to make changes to the programme.
  •  All performers must have a current Public Liability Insurance certificate of currency which covers the members of the band – this must match the ABN/entity name or individual performers. Both Folk Alliance Australia and Duck for Cover offer appropriate policies. 
  • Performers and their equipment must comply with government health and safety requirements.
  • In keeping with being a “family-friendly” event, the temporary fencing enclosed Festival area, in and around the venues, is a smoke, drug, alcohol and pet free zone.
  • The Festival provides lighting, sound technicians and equipment, MC’s and stage managers.
  • In keeping with being an acoustic music festival, the music should be played predominantly on acoustic instruments. Original music is encouraged.
  •  Performers are encouraged to actively promote The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc. performances through websites and social media.
  • Performers may only sell CDs and other merchandise at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Merchandise stall which will be open during the Festival. We will actively promote your merchandise and also retain a 10% commission charge on sales to help us cover costs. All payments for Merchandise sold will be made within 2 weeks from the end of the Festival weekend.
  • The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc. is located in the Dorrigo Showgrounds and is subject to Council laws.
  • Performers playing the 22nd Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival should not schedule shows within 35kms of Dorrigo from the 21st to 27th October 2024. 

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