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Major changes to shake up Woodford Folk Festival

CAPPED: Organisers will limit the number of tickets sold for Woodford Folk Festival this year.
CAPPED: Organisers will limit the number of tickets sold for Woodford Folk Festival this year. Contributed

DAYS before early-bird tickets are due to go on sale Woodford Folk Festival organisers have revealed big changes for the popular six-day event.

After years of unprecedented growth organisers today announced steps to help ensure the comfort, enjoyment and safety of festival goers and to help preserve the Woodfordia site.

The number of tickets sold will be capped for the first time this year, particularly for New Year's Eve, and prices are going up.

Tickets will only be available online - even day passes once the festival has started.

Festival Director Bill Hauritz said the changes were necessary.

"Last year was - dare we say it - our 'best' festival," he said.

"The festival was the cleanest, most respectful, most energetic and beautiful that we've seen.

"Because of our growing popularity, we've had to make big changes."

"A lot of work is going into creating a deeper festival experience for our beloved patrons."

 

Woodford Folk Festival.
Woodford Folk Festival. Contributed

Festival goers driving to Woodfordia will have to buy car passes for the 2017-18 event.

Whilst this is inline with other major Australian festivals, organisers have previously been reluctant to introduce something that may be perceived as 'just another tax'.

However, the large number of cars in the camping grounds taking shaded places and the volume of traffic on the roads has caused organisers to rethink this.

On the other side of the coin, success with the cashless drink system and reusable cups at bars at the last festival will see them return this year, but both will be available to patrons free of charge.

Early-bird tickets at discounted rates go on sale at noon on Wednesday.

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