Rain doesn't dampen Woodford folks

Pepper Chasen, from Melbourne, plays in the bubbles.
Pepper Chasen, from Melbourne, plays in the bubbles.

WHETHER you wear feathers in your hair and rainbow-coloured fisherman pants or jeans and a t-shirt, you can leave your inhibitions at the gate when you enter the wonderful world of Woodfordia.

Yesterday was the middle of the annual folk festival and thousands have flooded through the gates for a taste of something different.

The rain did rear its head after lunch but the mood of happy revellers was not dampened and those who embraced the festival's eclectic spirit danced in the showers to bluesy beats.

Festival director Bill Hauritz said this organically homegrown event had been well supported this year and yesterday's crowds were in record numbers.

"We were pretty close to a record day yesterday," he said.

"There is a great feeling of relief across the organisation because this year has bought us back. The weather has been perfect.

"The last four festivals have been wet and culminating in floods last year, so this year it was so important to get the people through the gates.

"We will make budget and I'm guessing around 100,000 aggregate attendees over the six days and nights.

"There have been smiles on everyone's faces and it is a great atmosphere at the festival this year."

The highlight for many was Aria winner Gotye who wound up the crowds in the Amphi with his 10-piece ensemble and synth-folk sound.

"Gotye is a big attraction this year and he is a wonderful musician and a very humble man. This year has been a huge year for him and his concert didn't disappoint. The amphitheatre was full last night," Mr Hauritz said.

The line-up today will include performances by Owl Eyes, DJ Mike Ford and Sticky Fingers.

For more information visit the Woodford Folk Festival official website.

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