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Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival

Margaret River can add another festival to its repertoire –  this October, the Strings Attached Festival will give visitors a weekend full of instruments, musicians and workshops.

Heading to Margaret River in October is beautiful; the wildflowers are well and truly blooming, the sun is beginning to warm the backs of beach goers and the wineries are filling up with avid enthusiasts. Only a three-hour drive from Perth, there are far too many reasons to head down to the south-west of Western Australia this spring. But if we were to give you just one reason, then let this be it: the Strings Attached Festival.

Touching base in Margaret River for the first time from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October, the festival will give visitors the chance to celebrate and immerse themselves in the unique world of string instruments from guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos and mandolins. In various locations throughout Margaret River, a number of local and Australian artists will be performing live on stage, including the warm and soulful voice of Michael Dunstan, a 23-year-old who hails from the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Joining him on stage are various Australian artists such as Abbe May, Ash Grunwald, Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe and Glenn Sarangapany from Birds of Tokyo. The artists will definitely have you dancing, foot stomping and clapping all day long.

With boutique festivals on the rise, where visitors are provided with a greater experience than just the live music, the Strings Attached Festival is certainly no exception. There will be three days of various workshops, presentations, classes, demonstrations and exhibitions, including Ormsby, who will be showcasing their collection of handmade electric guitars. An interview not to miss will be held on the last day of the festival between roots rocker John Butler and blues singer Lucky Oceans. Here the artists will be openly discussing their careers, music, instruments and their time living between the United States and Western Australia – this is definitely one conversation you can’t miss for an insight into the world of music.

This October, you won’t need to head to New Orleans for your dose of jazz, Mississippi for some blues or Nashville for some country music. The Strings Attached Festival in Western Australia’s Margaret River will be showcasing this and more.


When: Friday 11 October – Sunday 13 October 2019
Where: various locations in Margaret River
Cost: tickets to single events from $15
More information: Strings Attached Festival


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