19-Twenty headline the first artist line-up for 2023 Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Still basking in the afterglow of their successful return in 2022, Victorian music festival Port Fairy Folk Festival is steaming ahead with its 2023 event, revealing the first nine acts who'll take to the stage next year.
Leading the way are party starters and perennial festival favourites 19-Twenty and their rollicking blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots music alongside the Bard of Barking, English singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg – who'll finally make his way back to Australia having been forced to postpone his national tour four times since 2020.
Other additions to the 2023 line-up are Irish singer-songwriter and actress Mary Coughlan, Grammy-nominated American bluesman Eric Bibb, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter and living legend Steve Poltz.
Rounding out the internationals is Canadian instrumental trio Inn Echo and UK guitarist-songwriter John Smith.
Aussie acts Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, plus roots-folk stalwarts The Waifs complete the first artist announcement.
"Look at the names on this list! PUMMMPED to be playing Port Fairy Folk Festival again! And yes Kane will keep his pants on this time," shares 19-Twenty who return to Port Fairy Folk Festival for the first time since 2019.
Adds Billy: "Really pleased to announce that I'll be appearing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria March 2023. Look forward to seeing you there!"
Set to take place 10-13 March, Port Fairy Folk Festival Program Director Justin Rudge says next year's event is already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
"After the joyous return of the Folkie earlier this year, I am thrilled to reveal the first line-up for what is promising to be a huge festival in 2023.
"Next year will see the return to a full-strength programme, brimming with a diverse range of styles and genres, and featuring the best musical talent from Australia and around the globe.
"Stay tuned for more artist announcements in the lead up to our 2023 festival weekend – we can't wait to share our festival with new and returning Folkies."
Port Fairy Folk Festival (Victoria) takes place 10-13 March, 2023.