2016 festival dates announced


After a deserved break this year, the Cairns Ukulele Festival has announced its 2016 dates. The Cairns Ukulele Festival will be held 25-28 August 2016, a little later in the year than the festival traditionally was held. “After 5 years of very average weather and only just scraping through with our outdoor events, we have decided to move the festival back to a little later in the year, increasing our chances of much better weather, and offering the national and international visitors that travel to Cairns for our festival an even greater experience of what’s on offer here”, festival director Gaby Thomasz said. August/September generally is dry, with low humidity, relatively cool nights and day time temperatures of around 27 degrees Celsius. “Locals reckon it’s the best time of the year”.

An added bonus for visitors will be that the ukulele festival will lead into Cairns Regional Council’s Cairns Festival, adding even more reasons for visitors to extend their stay and offering additional opportunities for visitors to participate in other festivities, including of course the Festival Parade (August 27th, 2016).

Next year’s festival will see the return of familiar signature events as well as new events and concert locations. “As a festival, we have become internationally renown for showcasing the region, for example by hosting concerts on the Great Barrier Reef, utilising many different venues such as the Hilton, Esplanade and Casino, and showcasing top class acts in a friendly, tropical setting”.

As for next year’s line-up, the organisers remain tight lipped. “We will send out our first artist release very soon, so stay tuned and sign up for notifications on our web or social media sites. However, I can confirm today that Cairns’ own Ryo Montgomery, who is regarded as one of Australia’s finest ukulele players will be performing with his band The Montgomery Brothers. He is currently touring the States with his uke, and will be one of the festival’s headliners”, Gaby said.

For future updates and more news, follow the Cairns Ukulele Festival via the festival web site, Facebook site or Twitter.

Cairns Ukulele Festival is having a break


The Cairns Ukulele Festival organisers have decided to have a break in 2015.

After six years of enormously hard work and five very successful festivals, the organisers have made the tough call to regroup, redevelop, and recuperate (and play uke!).

Realising that that their decision will disappoint quite a few people around the country and from overseas, they did not arrive at this decision easily, but promise to make up for it in the future with some fresh and exciting ideas for 2016 being worked on already. Stay tuned and thank you for your support!

Highlights Video now online / Awards nomination


Relive the magical moments of the 2014 Cairns Ukulele Festival by watching our highlights video on YouTube . It’s a documentary style video, so grab a cuppa, kick back and enjoy!

Cairns Post Hit Awards

The Cairns Ukulele Festival has been nominated for the Cairns Post Hit Awards in the Best Major Event Category. Please take the time and vote for us by following this link. In other categories, festival artists The Montgomery Brothers and The Bad Boys of Uke have also been nominated as have many of our festival venues: Mondo’s, The Crown, Gilligan’s, The Reef Hotel Casino, and The Jack. Please show them your support as well. Your vote counts! Voting closes February 11th.