The much-loved Nannup Music Festival presents an eclectic mix of acts over the March long weekend each year, set to the stunning bush backdrop of Western Australia’s South West and the small town atmosphere of Nannup. The community-spirited event, produced by a dedicated team of staff and volunteer Committee from the non profit Nannup Music Club Inc, has been running since 1990 and has consistently proven to be one of the most anticipated events in WA’s music calendar.
The festival highlights the best in new, emerging and Indigenous music over free and ticketed venues, presents the Nannup Emerging Artists Award, and offers workshops, talks, poetry, camping, kids activities, food and artisan markets where you’re invited to share, immerse and discover in the “Nannup bubble”. It is a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, nature, community and diversity.
Nannup is part of Nyoongar Boodjar lands and is home to 14 language groups. Nannup town is situated on the lands of the Bibbulmun people and the north side of the Blackwood river (Bilyar Goorbillyup) becomes Wardandi country. The festival takes place during Bunuru – Second summer (season of the adolescence). We love, honour and cherish this place and we trust that it will be respected and nurtured far into the future.
To create, connect and strengthen community through music and the arts; to encourage and promote emerging and Indigenous artists; to drive local economic activity and support regional liveability through cultural tourism; to respect the environment and work towards minimising our impact, while learning and educating where we can.
What We’re All About
Connection, Community & Inclusivity
Our Festival brings together people of different ages and backgrounds and we love watching them connect, share and discover in our small town setting in the Bush. We believe in and respect diversity; everyone is welcome at our Festival! We endeavour to support the local community and we’re proud to play a big part of the economic and social viability of our beautiful region.
Emerging & Indigenous Artists
Two major passions for the festival are the encouragement of and belief in emerging and indigenous artists. Our Festival has a strong connection with indigenous music and our Emerging Artist Award is a fantastic part of our event, offering growth and experience for the artists. We endeavour to grow with and nurture the wider evolving artistic community and we’re proud to support its exposure.
Mental & Sexual Health
Mental Health – in all its aspects: sexual, spiritual, emotional – has an impact on our daily lives. Lets Talk about it! We always include mental and sexual health workshops in our program in order to create a safe space for people to talk about it, share their experiences and realise they’re not alone. Together we can strengthen each other and dissolve some of the stigmas that hold us back.
The festival engages directly with the challenge of environmental sustainability through its Green Steps initiative. We maintain a commitment to minimising the festival’s environmental impact and creating opportunities to raise awareness on environmental issues. Our aim is to take a few green steps each year and eventually put the festival at the forefront of environmentally friendly event management.
Our venues and activities allow families to participate in all aspects of the festival. Part of the beauty of our event is the fact that young people feel safe and welcome to immerse in and share experiences throughout the Festival site; our little Festival-goers can also enjoy our free ‘Playground’ venue, filled with special activities just for them.
2019 WAMAwards: Most Popular Music Event
2019 National Live Music Awards: WA Live Event of the Year
2018 WAMAwards: Most Popular Music Event
2017 National Live Music Awards: Live Event of the Year
2017 WAMAwards: Most Popular Music Event
2016 WAMAwards: Most Popular Music Event
2016 WAMAwards: Golden WAMi (Phaedra Watts, Festival Director)
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.