Strings Attached WA Guitar Festival Credit Isolated Photography

Strings Attached: Guitars Take Centre Stage in Margaret River

Western Australia’s Guitar Festival is landing in the Margaret River Region this October.

The one-of-a-kind Strings Attached Guitar Festival will return to Margaret River for its second year in 2021, with an exceptional line-up announced for the October 8-10 event. Big names including Jeff Lang, Grace Barbe, Felicity Urquhart, and Josh Cunningham will headline this year’s festival.

Strings Attached WA Guitar Festival

Festival director Dan White says he is “stoked” to have the festival back on after a COVID induced hiatus in 2020, and this year’s festival will celebrate a host of incredible West Australian talent. “While we were bummed this didn’t get to run last year, but it gave us a whole bunch of lead time on this year, which is great.  We’ve got over 70 artists and exhibitors coming down from October 8-10.”

“We’ve taken a really local approach to this year.  It’s a great opportunity to shine a light on the incredible talent that we have here in the west.”

The festival is the only one of its kind in Western Australia, and features specialist workshops and vintage instrument collections alongside live music performances.

Strings Attached Guitar Festival Credit Lauren Trickett

Events will be hosted at 12 different venues around the Margaret River township, with a central hub at the Margaret River HEART. Dan says the multi-venue structure means that at any time patrons can find an act or exhibition that matches their particular taste, while celebrating the multitude of sub-cultures and genres within the guitar community.

“Just branching out, really working with the multi-venue structure will be cool.  We’ve got lots of things happening at the same time, performances and exhibitions.  So there’s lots of different options for people to check different events out.  If one is not their cup of tea there is guaranteed to be something else on at the same time.”

The vibrations that can be made from a guitar are so wide-ranging and varied, and this festival brings all of those sounds and the cultures that have evolved about them together under the one banner, says Dan.

Strings Attached Guitar Festival Credit Isolated Photography

This year’s schedule features a buffet of different music genres, including metal, blues, folk, indie, jazz, classical, and many other things stringed.

“There are so many different sides to the one instrument, it’s the most played instrument in the world.  Because of that there are so many different ways in which the guitar is played.  There is heavy music, classical, indie, world fusion, jazz, folk, country, rock-a-billy.  It’s pretty endless.

“It’s nice to see people in the one place celebrating all the many different aspects of that instrument.”

The festival runs from October 8-10 2021.  First and second release tickets have sold out, with a limited number of final release tickets still available.