Winton's Way Out West Festival to return in 2021

Australian music legends headline outback festival.

The iconic Winton’s Way Out West Festival (WWOWF) will return bigger than ever in April 2021 with a star-studded all-Aussie line-up.

The iconic festival will bring more than 100 Australian artists and musicians together for six days and nights of entertainment across seven venues in one of the world’s most unique outback locations.

Winton Shire Mayor Gavin Baskett encouraged Queenslanders to support outback communities.

“Winton’s Way Out West Fest has quickly become a must on the annual calendar for travellers and lovers of great music,” Cr Baskett said. 

“A road trip to the outback for Way Out West in 2021 is the perfect way to help kick-start our region’s tourist season and economy.

“As we have not had any recorded (COVID-19) cases to date, the Queensland outback will be a very popular destination as restrictions are progressively lifted so get in early, secure your tickets and start planning for an outback adventure in Winton.”

Way Out West will be held during the Easter school holidays 6-11 April, kicking off on Waltzing Matilda Day and continuing into the weekend with a curated program of entertainment to complement the stunning sunsets and iconic Aussie scenery that has put Winton on the map.

The weekend main stage headline performances feature some of Australia’s biggest names in music including Lee Kernaghan, Sheppard, Daryl Braithwaite and Busby Marou.

Program highlights also include a screening of new-release documentary Slim & I accompanied by a performance from three generations of Slim Dusty and wife Joy McKean’s family.

Slim and Joy’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick said Winton held special memories for her family.

“I’m really excited to be performing at Winton’s Way Out West Fest in 2021,” Ms Kirkpatrick said. 

“Outback Queensland and in particular Winton and Boulia, hold some very special memories for me of childhood days spent travelling and touring there with the Slim Dusty Show.

“I remember performing many times in the grand old Shire Hall at Winton, so it will be fantastic to be back there again.

“After being locked down for so long, it will be a real reason to celebrate live music again in the outback – I, for one, can’t wait for April."  

Tickets to Way Out West and accommodation options are on sale now.