The Central Coast Ukulele Folk Festival 2019 was held at the DIGGERS RSL CLUB, the Entrance, in New South Wales on Friday 23 September 2019 to Sunday 25 September.

The venue enabled all the festival activities to be held under one roof with the reasonably priced part of the Diggers complex the IBIS hotel providing good accommodation for out of town festival attendees.

Several merchant stalls catered for music instruments and accessories. A coffee shop restaurant provided food though out the festival.

Friday night’s Dinner Concert was fully attended. All were able to enjoy a well-presented, ukulele, folk and ukulele & folk bands with a two-course dinner. A money tree of Scratch-its raffle provided much interest and was well supported.

The Saturday program ran from 10 am to midnight in the Liquid Lounge. A marathon of twenty- three performances was presented. The excellent Wayne “Ossie” Osbourne kept the program on time, and was even able to advertise our Brisbane SPRUKE 2019 Festival to the audience several times during the day.

A major highlight was a BIG JAM session with songs from the Festival Song Book which was good value at $2.00.

During Saturday, eight performances and four open mic sessions were held on the Café Stage.

The Sunday Program ran from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with 13 performances presented. Nine workshops were provided during the Festival at a good value cost of $20 each payable at the door.

Central Coast’s 2019 Festival was a very well organised, and conducted in an excellent venue for all attendees to enjoy. A highlight of the festival was the performance of the Central Coast Ukulele Group’s mass ensemble, which has been invited to perform at the 50th annual ukulele festival at Waikiki.

By Col Grant

Central Coast Ukulele Group performs for a packed audience at CCUFF, 2019. Photo courtesy of festival organiser, Liz Kitney.

To see photos of the highlights, visit the Third Corner festival photo gallery.

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