Festival Applications

Performer Terms & Conditions



  •  The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc. 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.
  •  The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is run on a not for profit basis.
  •  Performer applications open on the 28th February and close on the 30th May.
  •  Performer selection and notification of performers should be completed by the end of June.
  •  Performers must complete a performer application, which is available on the Festival website.
  •  Please include a quality picture and forward any CD, DVD, Web site links, or relevant promotional material regarding your act along with your application. Hard copies of CDs can be sent to
    “Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc.” PO Box 247 Dorrigo NSW 2453.
  •  The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival covers the genres of “Folk’, “Bluegrass”, and “Old-Time” music.
  •  For a performer application to be considered favourably, it should fit in with the overall “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. Please be realistic if you wish your application to be considered favourably.
  •  Fees quoted are to be totally inclusive of all costs such as GST, travel, etc.
  • Performer camping is available on site free of charge with hot showers available, and if necessary 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.
  • 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 Festival coordinator needs to be notified. Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc. may amend the offer accordingly.
  •  The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Inc. reserve the rights to make changes to the programme.
  •  All band members must have appropriate Public Liability Insurance. To assist you, these are the most commonly used:
    Folk Alliance Australia: http://www.folkalliance.org.au/page/12345/
    Duck For Cover: http://www.duckforcover.com.au/minigen/
    AON: http://business-insurance.aon.com.au/Professions/Entertainment/Performers.aspx
  •  Performers and their equipment must comply with government health and safety requirements.
  •  The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival holds an APRA Festival Licence.
  •  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 issues tickets to Artists, Volunteers and Festival Crew only. Spouse/partner/manager tickets are available for $70 for the entire weekend.
  •  The Festival provides lighting, sound technicians and equipment, MC’s and stage managers. If artists are travelling to the festival in a means that makes transportation of large instruments difficult, the festival can assist in providing that instrument IF at least 1 months’ notice is given (25th September 2019).
  •  In keeping with being an acoustic music festival, the music should be played predominantly on acoustic instruments. Original music is encouraged.
  • Performers are are encouraged to actively promote The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc performances through websites and social media.
  •  Performers may sell CDs and other merchandise at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival merchandise stall.
  •  The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Inc is located in the Dorrigo Showgrounds and is subject to Council laws.
  • 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). Please communicate with Bridget Rees (Director) when booking flights so we may limit the amount of trips up and down the mountain. The airport- showground transport is provided free of charge so please respect the service and recognise that it may mean a short wait at the airport as we are only able to provide one bus.