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3 March, 2021

A party in Queensland’s Outback

AFTER a 12-month pause, the iconic Winton’s Way Out West Festival will return bigger than ever in April 2021 with a star-studded all-Aussie line-up, bringing more than 100 Australian artists and musicians together for six incredible days and nights of entertainment across seven venues in one of the world’s most unique outback locations.


AFTER a 12-month pause, the iconic Winton’s Way Out West Festival will return bigger than ever in April 2021 with a star-studded all-Aussie line-up, bringing more than 100 Australian artists and musicians together for six incredible days and nights of entertainment across seven venues in one of the world’s most unique outback locations.

Winton in Central West Queensland has shaped the nation with a love of country music and the beautiful Aussie Outback.

The birthplace of QANTAS and Waltzing Matilda will come alive once again to host a myriad of entertainment that celebrates its roots in classic Australiana.

Way Out West will be held during the Easter school holidays (Tuesday 6th – Sunday 11th April, 2021), kicking off on Waltzing Matilda Day and continuing into the weekend with a roaring curated program of entertainment to complement the stunning sunsets and iconic Aussie scenery that has brought Winton to the world stage of iconic destinations.

The weekend main stage headline performances feature some of Australia’s biggest names in music.

Visitors are also encouraged to take time to experience this very special part of outback Australia and take in the breathtaking surroundings and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as the whole town celebrates its unique history.

Winton is one of the world’s most unique locations, bringing travellers from near and far to take part in world-renowned birdwatching, embark on self-drive outback adventures, and fossick for opals in Queensland’s Opal Capital.

Also known as the Dinosaur Capital of Australia, Winton is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

Learn the story of the Outback region at the award- winning Waltzing Matilda Centre, assemble a band to play the musical fence, or simply sit back and enjoy the music.

Along with an extended festival program, the schedule of events and family-friendly entertainment will include a series of uniquely curated offerings held in the historic Winton Shire Hall and the wonderfully rustic Royal Open-Air Theatre, including:

-          The Salute to Waltzing Matilda, a special concert held on the annual day the Shire of Winton celebrates the history and impact of Banjo Patterson’s “Waltzing Matilda”, which was rst performed at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel in 1895.

-          The nest gathering of Australian musical story-tellers at the Aussie Bush Balladeers Show, inspired by the works of classical Aussie poets such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, featuring iconic songs such as ‘When the Rain Tumbles down in July’, ‘Lights on the Hill’, and ‘By a Fire of Gidgee Coal’.

-          The screening of a new-release documentary ‘SLIM & I’ which will be accompanied by a special performance by Small Town Romance which features three generations of Slim and Joy’s family, followed by a live Q&A with celebrated songwriter Joy McKean; the daughter of Slim & Joy, Anne Kirkpatrick, and Anne’s son and daughter-in-law, James Arneman and Flora Smith.

FAST FACTS

-          Way Out West is the quintessential Australian outback experience.

-          Featuring an all-Aussie line-up of over 100 Australian artists and musicians.

-          WWOWF2021 Is returning after being postponed for 12 months.

-          Event will be held during the Easter School Holidays and kicking off on Waltzing Matilda Day (06 April), ending on Sunday (11 April).

-          6 days and nights of music and entertainment for the entire family. There is something for everyone.

-          Seven venues of entertainment, throughout the town, including stages, hotels, open air cinema and Winton Shire Hall.

-          Lots of ticketing options, including group, seniors and family tickets, children under 13 are free.

-          4 overnight camping grounds options, with powered and unpowered sites as well as a dog- friendly billabong campsite and an all-inclusive package at “Tent City” VIP package – “Out and back to the Outback” Same day flight package out of Brisbane on a private plane.

Headline artists include:

Lee Kernaghan, Sheppard, Daryl Braithwaite, Busby Marou, The Wolfe Brothers, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, Sara Storer, Casey Barnes, The Bushwackers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Pute Cullen & The Hurt, Linc Phelps, Chad Morgan, Pete Denahy, Joy Mckean, Travelling Country Band, Hillbilly Goats, Jeff Brown, Greg Storer, Dean Perret, Gretta Ziller, Megan Cooper, Small Town Romance, Tracy Coster, Keith Jamieson, Raechel Whitechurch, Saltbush Six, Allan Cameron and Andy Toombs.

 


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