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From 21-23 September 2018 the beautiful NSW South Coast town of Kiama will host the 5th Folk by the Sea Festival. You'll be joining 45 acts from all over Australia with over 100 artists and 100 concerts, dances and sessions.


Click here to download the DL sized brochure showing all the performances times for the 2018 artists (PDF Format).



International: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante (Scot) , Danny and Kate (NZ), Fiona Ross (Scot), Ken Nicol (Eng)

National: Alanna & Alicia, Glenn Skuthorpe, Kavisha Mazzella, Linda Mizzi and Band, Little Foot, Luke O'Shea, Mad Kelpie Playdate, Matt Katsis, Margaret & Bill Winnett, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nerida Cuddy, Pete Wild, Robyn Sykes, Rusty & The Saint, Seanchas, Snez, Stringline, Suzette Herft, Terry Fielding, The Bottlers, The Dead Maggies, The Heart Collectors, The Honey Sippers, The Mutual Acquantainces, The Royal High Jinx, Willie and the Correspondents, Witches Leap

Local: AZ- I-AM, Chord-eaux, Dear Violet, John Tubridy, Ian Hayden & Kiama Ceili, Jessica Grainger, JOCEAN, No Such Thing, Sing Australia Kiama, Steampunk Vagabonds, The Lurkers, The Water Runners, Wally Byrne, Wolf Gordon, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

2018 Festival program is due for release in July 2018. You can get a flavour of the festival from the 2017 program (below).

2017 Souvenir Program available to view


Tickets for 2018 available now online, enquiries call 1300 887 034.

Limited camping will be  available but only with the festival pass!


FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. This event replaces Folk in the Foothills which was held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge.

The event is a combination of ticket only entry (Friday and Saturday) featuring 50 artists from overseas and all around Australia in 70 concerts at Kiama Showground and a free day of local folk artists on the Sunday in the Kiama Pavillion at the Showground.

There will be 6 venues at/near Kiama Showground for the Friday and Saturday events. Camping is available at the showground as well other quality accommodation in and around Kiama.

The festival is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club Inc. who present regular folk music concerts in the Illawarra region and the world famous Illawarra Folk Festival.

Join the email list (on right) to receive regular information about Illawarra Folk Club concerts and the Illawarra Folk Festival (17-20 January 2019).

Kiama is about a 2 hour drive from Sydney on the South Coast of New South Wales. Motel and hotel accommodation online enquiries to be directed through the Destination Kiama website or telephone them on 1300 654 262.

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