WINTON'S WAY OUT WEST FEST
The re-opening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre is an excuse for a big party.
As our unofficial national anthem, the song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ has inspired a nation. Next April, the re-opening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton will be celebrated by one of the biggest inland music and culture festivals ever held in Queensland: Winton’s Way Out West Fest.
Bringing together artists from country, pop, rock and blues, the first Winton’s Way Out West Fest presents Jessica Mauboy, John Williamson, The Living End, Kip Moore (USA), Lee Brice (USA), Sheppard, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, the Black Sorrows, the Pierce Brothers and even more artists to be announced, playing throughout the four-day festival, from April 19-22, 2018.
"It's a real honour to play with such a great line-up of stars for Winton’s Way Out West Fest,” said Jessica Mauboy.
“‘Waltzing Matilda’ is one of the icons of Australian folklore and the reopening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre will be a new chapter in the history of our nation.
“I can't wait to share the occasion with the thousands who will come from all corners of Australia to celebrate with us."
Following its destruction by fire in 2015, the Waltzing Matilda Centre has been rebuilt at a cost of $23 million.
With a country race meeting, live entertainment in many venues across the town, markets and more, Winton will come alive with country hospitality, creating not just an amazing music festival, but a complete outback experience.
“The Waltzing Matilda Centre is an essential aspect of our region and to welcome it back in such spectacular fashion is a testament to the spirit of our community,” said Winton Council CEO Alan Rayment.
“With some of the country’s finest talent, as well as the kind of country hospitality that our region can provide, Winton’s Way Out West Fest is going to be a unique experience.
“Wherever you are in Australia, we welcome you to Winton next April.”
The Waltzing Matilda Centre is said to be the first museum in the world dedicated to a song. ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was written by ‘Banjo’ Paterson while holidaying in Winton on Dagworth Station. Legend has it that this song was first performed in public at North Gregory Hotel.
The Queensland Government is supporting Winton’s Way Out West Fest through Tourism and Events Queensland.
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