The three-day celebration takes place over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 29th Jan - Mon 1st Feb). 2021 brings together a unique line up of NZ’s best to celebrate and perfectly solidify the strength of the broad genre that is ‘folk’.
New Zealand’s largest folk festival returns with a proudly homegrown lineup to welcome in 2021. Auckland Folk Festival arrives at Kumeu Showgrounds for its 48th annual festival with an inclusive array of music and dance.
Spread across its six stages will be The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Jenny Mitchell, Aro, The Black Quartet, The Harmonic Resonators, Looking For Alaska to name a few (full list below) and with more to be announced. 2020 was a tough year for the events industry and musicians have been hit hard. Auckland Folk Festival returns as a celebration, not just of those artists performing on the stage, but for those who want to jam, collaborate and see old friends. Celebrating also the strength and diversity of NZ with the festival being both proudly culturally and gender diverse (an ethos the festival has maintained for many years). With camping spots in the heart of the festival, jams will go on well into the night.
Whether you are dancing the night away in one of the three ceilidhs, learning how to folk dance, enjoying a concert or participating in a workshop there is something for everyone. Food trucks are there to replenish or revitalise. The ever popular Kids Stage returns, with its ever growing maze and early to late activities for young ones. Children under 10 come free to the festival and have a dedicated programme of music and workshops. This year sees iconic Wellington musician and man about town Gerry Paul as the headline Kids Stage guest bringing his fantastic Elephant Tree Band along for the show.
All marquees are covered but open sided, and as will be the song of the summer, the festival will be keeping a close ear for any government announcements or regulations for gatherings and will ensure a safe environment for all. With an entire showgrounds to spread across, there is plenty of space for all.
All signs point to Helensville, and you can find the Auckland Folk Festival along that highway in Kumeu, not even twenty minutes from the centre of the city, for a sunny last weekend of January.
2021 Artists (so far!)
- The Eastern
- Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders
- The Harmonic Resonators
- The Black Quartet
- Jenny Mitchell
- Looking for Alaska
- Sadie & Jay
- Liddiard and Louise
- Shimna's List
- Rough Town
- Raylee Bradfield
- John Sutherland
Earlybird tickets are now on sale on Eventfinda - click here to nab your tickets
General tickets will be on sale from the 1st of January 2021.