Picture by Daniel Grant, Photographer.


North West Festival has just wrapped up another successful year attracting thousands to Port Hedland to attend the Festival Weekender and all of the associated Fringe Events.  Taking over the Port Hedland Turf Club once more the event played host to an incredible array of national artists including; The Rubens, You Am I, Xavier Rudd, Sarah Blasko, The Veronicas, ShockOne, Urthboy, Allday, Salmonella Dub, Harts, Methyl Ethel and more!

The crowds over the weekend showcased Port Hedland as a vibrant and charming town with locals and visitors heading out to the Hedland Art Awards, the Festival, The West End Markets and the SOLD OUT Sunday Sundowner located in its stunning new home at the Port Hedland Yacht Club. Perfect Pilbara weather, complimented by a passionate and well-behaved crowd, added to the success of the weekend.  An overwhelming amount of positive feedback has been flooding in from attendees, artists, stakeholders, sponsors, local contractors and media alike.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said;

“The North West Festival is an absolute highlight on the Pilbara calendar and this year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint.  It’s so much more than a music concert to our community. 

“It was great to see everyone’s participation the fringe events leading up to the weekender – with everything from family friendly fishing to skate competitions with leading BMX stars to burlesque to the Hedland Art Awards and the West End Markets.  We had more than 30 community events happening throughout August as part of the program. 

“The North West Festival really does belong to everyone associated with it – the Town, our sponsors, our community and those who travel to Port Hedland to enjoy the weekend festival. A collaborative effort and tremendous corporate and community support saw North West Festival 2016 achieve a great line-up and indeed a fantastic celebration of music, arts, culture and youth engagement in Port Hedland. 

“This year we are undertaking a short survey to get a better understanding of the economic and social benefits to our community – jump online and have your say at porthedland.wa.gov.au” 

Two Minute Survey – North West Festival

The Town of Port Hedland is currently running a quick 2 minute surveyon the quality, value and benefits of the North West Festival. Everyone who completes the survey goes into the draw to win one of four North West Festival merchandise packs.  The survey will run until September 2. One of the key objectives of the festival is to maximise benefits to our community, and the information used will help gauge the success of the festival in this regard. The survey can be completed online by logging on to: https://culturecounts.cc/s/3tfkNS/splash/

The weekender may be done and dusted for another year, but you can relive all of the Northwest Festival action by scrolling through photos from the day via our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

Until next year Port Hedland!

Watch the highlights from the festival below.