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The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Over the last decade The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have established themselves as Australia’s premier afrobeat band. This mammoth ensemble takes you on a pulsing, percussive journey into classic afrobeat led by fierce vocals and a howling horn section. It’s a fitting 21st-century response to the world-shaking music of 1970s Nigeria defined by Fela Kuti.


They are true to the afrobeat blueprint of hypnotising rhythm, extended improvisation and political comment, but add to the formula a host of pan-African and local influences as well as hip-hop elements that reflect the deep ranging roots of the band.

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Gusto Gusto


Finalists for the 2023 Australian Folk Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, Gusto Gusto is West Preston's best dressed band, playing music to make you dance. A flamboyant seven-piece show with a hefty dose of audience participation and non-stop dance tunes, they play loud, happy music that's guaranteed to fill the dance floor. They're also kind of funny.


Gusto's second EP Secret Dance Party came out October 2023 with shows at Brunswick Music Festival (VIC), Moomba (VIC), Tablelands Folk Festival (QLD), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), and Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS).


2024 carries on the momentum with slots at Glastonbury Festival and a June/July UK tour, the September release of their debut full-length album and the biggest Australian tour yet. 


Morrigan & Wilding (SAT)

Carly Wilding and Kylie Morrigan are a folk-fusion duo based in bayside Naarm (Melbourne). They combine Carly’s theatre and music background and Kylie’s classical and contemporary musical background and merge into a slightly mystical, slightly Celtic, slightly gothic and unique blending of voice and multi-instrumentation with all original songs.

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The Dunners (SAT)

The Dunners are a young band from Northeast Victoria with unique music and talent that impresses new listeners and shocks venue organisers.

From indie/alternative rock, to funk and blues with some reggae influences in between. The Dunners have released 4 singles already with a 5th on the way (launching at this festival!) The boys are showing no sign of slowing down.


Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan (SAT & SUN)

Around the world and into your brain, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff, using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. It's a lip to lung journey through the physics, physiology and phrivolity of all the sounds a face can make. Sideways yodelling, beatbox, harmonics, throat singing, uvular fluttering, advanced clapping. He's like Bobby McFerrin, Skrillex and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Ebulliently eclectic. Nefariously varied. Family fun free from facile frippery. 

Melbourne based violinist, Kylie Morrigan, began her music training early (age 3) as a classical violinist.  After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, she played in Orchestra Victoria and various freelance orchestras before retiring to raise and homeschool her 4 children.  Kylie has since returned to the world of music performance enjoying a range of playing styles including electro swing, folk and contemporary classical.  

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DJ Eddy(SAT) + Festival MC

DJ Eddy isn’t just a local favourite; he's a festival sensation. From the pulsating crowd at Falls Festival, Cool Summer and Swagger – Eddy has not only played these stages but set them ablaze. His mixes and irresistible tunes create an atmosphere where you can dance like nobody's watching!

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The Seven Ups

This heavy groove combo from Melbourne will take you on an abstruse journey into the darker fringes of instrumental music, drifting from funk to spiritual jazz and through to psychedelic fuzz rock. The Seven Ups are your soundtrack to the dance floor at the end of the world. Their sound is an eclectic fusion that includes a horn section, guitars, a combination of vintage and new synthesizers, drums and percussion.

In 2023 the band released their fifth studio album, A Free Blowing Wind, via Northside Records. The new album is a deep dive in to the lesser-known-places of instrumental music, journeying from gritty funk dance-floor-fillers, to mellow soul, and onwards to long-playing psychedelic jams.


The Harmaniax (SUN)

The Harmaniax are a bunch of Worldly muso’s based in Melbourne Australia. Inspired by the sounds of New Orleans, the Harmaniax create a unique blend of Cajun, Zydeco and Blues-inspired music, blending originals and crescent city classics.

Guaranteed to get you dancing and going a little bit nuts!


Damned Sam & The Preachers (SUN)

These road-worn and restless troubadours of the Ovens Valley lean as casually on their Americana influences as they would a gum tree at the river. Their sound is a nod to artists from Gram Parsons to Chris Stapleton, but their take on the genre is more a result of growing up in the bush than chasing gold records on Music Row.

Original songs; “Promising Dreams”, “Ovens Valley Pines” and “Victoria”, penned by founding member Sam McIntosh, speak to life's familiar themes of being unlucky-in-love and to the awe-inspiring beauty of their native high country. They are the sound of long winding roads, the solace of the bush and the stories of people living in small towns in rural Australia.

McIntosh’s charismatic vocal performance is backed up by the electrified country boogie and twanging four-on-the-floor rock’n’roll of band mates, Greg Whitehead (guitar/lapsteel), Max Hyland (Bull fiddle bass) and Chris Riley (Drum set), each bringing their personal influences, while kicking country music hallmarks with a well-worn Blundstone boot.

Hats and boots optional; A Damned Sam & The Preachers show is not about the size of your buckle belt, or the love of a plaid Western shirt, you’ll be in fine company when you come just as you are.


Benny & Jake (SAT)

Americana folk with a touch of soul influence . 

A mixture of stripped back covers , mash ups and country inspired originals . 

Hailing from the alpine shire Benny and Jake frequently gig at local pubs  distilleries and private events in the area .

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Benny Williams & Josh Grundy have been separately engrained in the North East Victorian music scene for over 20 years, playing both solo, as well as with a host of other acts. The Mountain Folk are legends of singing and songwriting!

The Mountain Folk Duo (SUN)

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Eliza & Patrick (SAT)

Eliza has been singing since she was four and sung at open mic nights, busking, talent quests, eisteddfods, musical theatre productions and gigs in Melbourne and locally in the Alpine and Kiewa Valley. She was selected to sing with Kate Miller-Heidke at one of her shows in 2022 and sang at Brighter Days in 2023. 


Patrick has played at open mic nights, school events and busked and played at local gigs thanks to the encouragement of local North East music teachers. Eliza and Patrick have now teamed up and have begun busking and playing at gigs throughout the region. This is their first year performing at the Wandi Nut Festival.

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Lee Rosser, Timmy O'Connor & Friends (SUN)

North East locals and festival favourites Lee and Tim make a lot of sound for two people (although it's possible that more musos will join them on stage!!). Using only acoustic guitar, drums and vocals they make other bands wonder why they need extra instruments at all. If you like your blues with a hint of rock and country roots these guys will be the spectacle you’re after.

They'll be finishing the festival with a bang on Sunday!! Make sure you are there!

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All the usual Nut Cracking and Roasting



** FOOD **

Buzzards BBQ

D'Lish Turkish Street Food

Crepe Collective

Woodfire Designs - Saturday Only

The Valley Snack Shack

Redhead & Chef

La Coppa - Saturday Only

Jerry's Stall Soups & Pies - Saturday Only

Happy Cat Donuts

Rons Dogs

Froggys Smoothies & Toastys

Wicked Spud Train

Alpine Strudels

Korean Street Food

Wicked Spud Train

Wandiligong Primary School BBQ

CWA Cake Stall - Saturday Only

** DRINKS **

Mr Brojangles Coffee

Juicy Squeeze

** ALCOHOL ** (Takeaway only from stalls)

Kensal Estate Wines - Saturday Only

Reed & Co

Red Elk Beverage Co

Bike & Barrel Wines

Backwoods Distilling Co - Sunday Only


Willow Lodge Nut Grove - Saturday Only

Alpine Nuts

Four Gully Farm

Ovens River Nuts

Salami Shack


Garlic Essentials

Walkabout Apiaries


Gutsy Sourdough - Saturday Only

Edible Alchemy - Sunday Only

Markwood Mushrooms - Sunday Only

Vine & Thyme Microgreens - Sunday Only

Granny's Pantry - Sunday Only

Wondermazing Honeybees - Sunday Only

** CRAFTS **

Aura - Saturday only

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Hey Cool - Yvonne Huggins

Jewellery Crystals

Darren Sutton Miner/Maker

Unfurgettable Dog Treats

The Outback Saddler

Sky Gypsies

Schloss wooden swords crafting

Little Whispers - Sunday Only

Triffid Chick - Sunday Only

Kaila Rocca Designs - Sunday Only

Peachy Luxe - Sunday Only

Amy Duke Ceramics - Sunday Only

Linzartdesign - Sunday Only

I Like Company - Sunday Only

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Weekend Early Bird Tickets ~ $30 online


Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm

Adults: $20

Concession: $10

17 and under FREE

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