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Way Out West Fest


6,500 to Sing Waltzing Matilda

Winton’s Way Out West Fest is making ticket holders sing for their supper with the Winton Pub Choir set to lift the metaphoric roof off the outdoor event. With 6,500 people set to descend on the iconic outback town to celebrate the re-opening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre and every one of them invited to join the choir, the whole town will be performing a rousing rendition of the iconic Australian anthem.

With musicians including John Williamson, Jessica Mauboy, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, The Living End, Sheppard, Russell Morris, James Blundell and many more set to rock Winton during the event, you never know what stars will pop by to lend their voices to the chorus. 


QMusic Workshops

The Pub Choir, created and conducted by Astrid Jorgensen and now one of the most talked-about events rolling out around Australia, is part of a program for Winton’s Way Out West Fest created by industry development organisation QMusic. The festival program will also include a songwriting workshop and music industry professional development for those ‘pub choristers’ who want to take things to the next level, or for outback Queenslanders looking to break into the music industry.

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"Study after study shows that participation in music is one of the best things you can do to increase happiness and Winton's Way Out West Fest gives us a unique opportunity for outback Queenslanders not just to see world-class talent, but to further their ambitions to BECOME world class talent. The program we're delivering shows that whether you're Jessica Mauboy or a Winton local, singing, playing an instrument or participating in music in whatever way you can is something that creates joy and brings a community together."

Trina Massey
QMusic Program Manager


The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the first museum in the world dedicated to a song. ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was written by ‘Banjo’ Paterson whilst holidaying in Winton on Dagworth Station. Legend has it that this song was first performed in public at North Gregory Hotel. Opened in 1998 and becoming an icon of the area, the original centre was destroyed by fire in 2015. The brand new $23 million Waltzing Matilda Centre was designed by award winning Cox Architects and built by A. Gabrielli Constructions, it will once again assist the heartbeat of the outback when it re-opens with Winton’s Way Out West Fest in April 2018. 


Winton’s Way Out West Fest is a celebration of the outback, bringing together some of the world’s best artists for a celebration of culture and music. This is a camping festival utilising the Showgrounds and a popup tent city with Winton’s population expected to swell from 1000 to 6000 over the four days of the event from April 19-22. The festival will include Jessica Mauboy, John Williamson The Living End, Kip Moore (USA), Lee Brice (USA), Sheppard, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows, Pierce Brothers + more.