North West Festival 2021

Saturday 21st August 2021 - Sunday 22nd August 2021

(Past Event)


North West Festival


San Cisco

San Cisco are a four-piece indie pop group hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia. Initially whipped up in the wake of high school graduation, the foursome soon found themselves unwittingly defining hipster culture with the video for their breakout hit "Awkward."

Fast forward to 2015 where San Cisco delivered their sophomore album Gracetown which debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts showcasing a new sound for the band -- a more worldly approach to life; exploring the tyranny of love, displacement, homesickness, heartache and heartbreak, via disco, funk, soul and hip-hop undertones.

The group released their third album The Water in 2017 and embarked on an extensive world tour -- playing 21 shows in 46 days across America, Europe and Australia.

2018 saw the band play their biggest tour to date in some of Australia's most iconic venues as well as the release of new single 'When I Dream' coming in at #48 on Triple J's Hottest 100 -- the latter's video of which was filmed in Joshua Tree, California. The single served as the first taste of their upcoming record, due for release soon.

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Thornbird

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After 28 years of singing and touring as one third of  ‘The Waifs’, 

Vikki Thorn (Thornbird) returns home to find her own voice in the wild places of WA. 

Known for her evocative song writing including Bridal train,  Sun Dirt Water & Take me to Town,  her new solo material was born out of 10 years of living in the canyons of Utah.  In these songs  she explores the recurring theme of home and connection to place and portrays the humor and heartbreak of life just south of Hell’s Backbone.

Thorn is renowned for her powerful vocals and unique blues harp playing and is a dynamic & passionate performer who has sung with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Kelly, John Butler and Missy Higgins. 

Her songs  weave through country  and blues, slightly side step away from the folk format of The Waifs to indulge her love of  the old R&B singing style.

Vikki Thorn’s  voice can swing and roll or radiate the intimate warmth of the morning’s first cuppa inviting you to sit at the kitchen table while she sings about life in the wild places. 

Her forthcoming debut album is set to be released mid 2021.

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Regional Acts

We're pleased to share that regional artists Jacob de Gaye and Tanya Ransom will be joining San Cisco and Thornbird at the North West Festival!

Tanya Ransom’s signature folk blues sounds and alternative country style saw her awarded the 2020 WAM Best Regional Act and the Nannup Music Festival’s Director’s Award. A regular on the WA touring circuit, she has received high rotation on Double J, Triple J, ABC radio and community radio stations across Australia. 

Tanya has supported acts such as Kate Miller-Heidke, Missy Higgins, Boy & Bear and John Butler. 

Hedland based Jacob de Gaye effortlessly fuses RnB, Reggae, Rock, Pop and Funk into multi-instrumentalist performance, electrifying audiences at sold out shows across the country. He is currently touring Australia’s North West, supporting names such as Down Syde and Caravana Sun. 

Tanya and Jacob will be playing both days of the North West Festival, providing all patrons the opportunity to see them perform live.

Festival Background

The Town and BHP proudly present the North West Festival, the Pilbara's premiere music event! Following last year's cancellation, this year we're able to bring the much loved event back to the community in a COVID-Safe capacity. The event will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August in the Civic Centre Gardens, Port Hedland.

Due to state wide COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Festival will be delivered on a smaller scale than previous years.

Both days are all ages licensed events. Families are encouraged to attend the Sunday 22 August event featuring family friendly activities. Patrons will be required to bring their own picnic rugs and chairs. The all WA artist line up will be the same on both days, giving all ticket purchasers the opportunity to experience the performances.

Both days will feature a licensed bar and food vendors, however patrons are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks (subject to terms and conditions).

The event is made possible thanks to the Town and BHP's Community Events Partnership worth $1.23 million, securing a diverse roster of events for the Hedland community to enjoy from 2019 through to 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, CAN I STILL ATTEND THE EVENT? 

The North West Festival 2021 is an all ages event. As the event is held in a licensed area, patrons under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when entering the event and at all times whilst at the event. Security or Event Staff may request verification of parent or guardian status at any time. 

I HAVE PURCHASED MY TICKET ONLINE, DO I NEED A COPY OF MY TICKET TO ACCESS THE EVENT?  

All patrons (no matter their age) need to present an event ticket (printed or electronic) in their name to enter the event. 

I HAVE PURCHASED MY TICKET BUT CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE EVENT, CAN I GET A REFUND/ GIVE MY TICKET TO A FRIEND OR RE-SELL MY TICKET?

Once a ticket has been purchased, no refunds will be given except for as set out in the Live Performance of Australia Code or where otherwise required by law.
If you are unable to attend, your ticket may be re-issued (change the name on your ticket) for a nominated fee per ticket via the Moshtix website.
Tickets must not be offered for unauthorised re-sale on third party websites such as Ebay or Gumtree. Tickets may not be resold or offered for resale at a premium (including online auction sites) or used for advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes. If a ticket is used in breach of these conditions, it may be cancelled without refund and the bearer of the ticket may be refused admission.

I AM OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE, WHAT FORMS OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION ARE ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT? 

All 18+ patrons must present a legal form of identification upon entry, which matches the ticket holder’s name. The only acceptable forms of photo identification are:
• A current Australian driver’s license
• A current passport
• Proof of age card

CAN I PURCHASE MY TICKET AT THE GATE? 

Unless sold out prior, event tickets can be purchased from the Box Office located at the event entry. Box Office will be open from 5:00pm - 9:30pm on Saturday 21 August and from 2:00pm – 6:30pm on Sunday 22 August. 

WHAT TIME DO GATES OPEN? 

Please see all event times noted below:

Saturday 21 August 2021
4.30pm Gates Open - VIP ticket holders only
5:00pm Gates Open – General Admission
5:30pm Tanya Ransom
6:30pm Jacob de Gaye
7.30pm Thornbird
9.00pm San Cisco
10:00pm Music Finishes
10.30pm Gates close

Sunday 22 August 2021
1:30pm Gates Open – VIP ticket holders only
2:00pm Gates Open – General Admission
2:30pm Tanya Ransom
3:30pm Jacob de Gaye
4.30pm Thornbird
6.00pm San Cisco
7:00pm Music Finishes
7.30pm Gates close

WHERE IS EVENT PARKING LOCATED?

If you are driving to the event, free parking is available at the Port Hedland Turf Club. Access the parking area via the Turf Club main entrance on McGregor Street. A temporary cross walk will be in place to allow you to safely access the Civic Centre car park from the parking area. To exit, please follow directions and exit at the Port Hedland Skate Park as per the transportation event map. Please do not smoke in the festival carpark as this is a fire risk. Accessible parking is available at the Civic Centre car park.

Transportation Event Map

WILL THERE BE A SPECIFIC PASSENGER DROP OFFS/PICKUPS, TAXIS AND H RIDE ZONE? 

All cars, taxis and H Ride vehicles dropping off or picking up event patrons should head to the drop off/pick up areas located at the Turf Club. Do not try and pick up or drop off anywhere else as it disrupts the flow of traffic and you will be moved on.

• Carlindie Cabs can be contacted on 9140 1313
• Hedland Taxis can be contacted on 9173 1010
• South Hedland Taxis can be contacted on 9172 1010
• H Ride can be contacted on 9172 3333

Transportation Event Map

I WILL BE WALKING TO THE EVENT, CAN I ACCESS THE EVENT FROM THE FORESHORE FOOTPATH? 

If you live within walking distance to the event and are arriving on foot, please note you can only enter the event via the Civic Centre car park on McGregor Street.

Transportation Event Map

IS THE EVENT ACCESSIBLE?

The North West Festival is accessible for attendees in wheelchairs or those utilising prams. The venue has an accessible toilet and parking facilities. An accessible viewing area has been designated for the event, please ask Event Staff for assistance. Assisted listening devices are available for the entertainment occurring on the main stage. Devices can be requested from the Information Desk as per the event map. A quiet zone will be available for all patrons to utilise at the event (Sunday only), this will include sensory activities and headphones. If you have any specific questions in regards to accessibility please contact the Town of Port Hedland Events Team on 9158 9300 or events@porthedland.wa.gov.au

HOW CAN I KEEP HEDLAND COVID SAFE?

• Staying home from the event if you’re unwell.
• Keeping hands washed and sanitised using the onsite facilities.
• Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow then practice hand hygiene.
• Maintaining physical distancing and avoid unnecessary physical contact with others.

It is mandatory for all attendees 16 years of age or older to check in upon entry. Attendees have the option to scan in via the SafeWA QR code or paper based contact register.

WHAT IS PROHIBITED FROM THE EVENT?

• Alcohol or any illicit substance
• Dangerous and quite frankly, uncool behaviour like moshing, climbing, crowd surfing or stage diving (don’t risk being ejected from the event)
• Any unsealed bottles or cans
• Glass vessels or containers
• Patrons wearing or otherwise displaying any offensive signage or logos
• Anything that could be used as a weapon (knives, hard shell eskies, umbrellas etc.)
• Professional photography, video equipment and tape recorders are not allowed without the event manger’s permission (i.e. any detachable lens, camera stands/selfie sticks or any lens over 20cm).
• Animals (service animals excepted)

All bags and personal belongings will be inspected on entry by our friendly security staff.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD/DRINKS TO THE EVENT?

There will be a great range of food options available at the event as part of the North West Festival experience. You can bring your own food however, no glass bottles or containers please. Due to WA Liquor Licensing restrictions, no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the event – all bags will be searched on entry by our friendly security staff. There will be wine, beer, spirits, soft drink and water available for purchase at the Bar. Only sealed plastic water, soft drink or juice bottles or cans are allowed to be brought into the event (note that all bottles will be opened and sniff-tested by security). If you are found with alcohol, unfortunately, it will need to be confiscated, you will be asked to leave the event and may be fined.

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT?

Cash and card payments will be accepted at the event. Please note there will be no ATM facilities available.  

WILL THERE BE SEATING AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT?

There will be no seating provided at the event therefore, patrons are encouraged to bring their own picnic rugs or chairs to the event.

CAN I LEAVE DURING THE EVENT AND COME BACK LATER ON? 

Due to WA Liquor Licensing restrictions, there are no pass - outs from the event (ie. same day exit and re-entry). Therefore, you should make sure that you take everything you need with you into the event.

CAN I SMOKE AT THE EVENT?

A smoking zone will be available for patrons at the event. Please be respectful of other patrons and only smoke in the designated area and dispose of your butts in the bin provided. Please do not smoke in the event carpark as this is a fire risk.

Transportation Event Map

I AM AT THE EVENT AND HAVE A QUESTION, LOST/ FOUND SOMETHING WHERE DO I GO? 

If you have any questions, have lost something or someone or need medical attention approach one of our friendly event staff (wearing STAFF lanyards) or visit the Information Desk located near the event entry. If you need medical attention please visit our event staff or head to the First Aid location, located near the event entry. In the case of an emergency, follow the directions of the event staff.

Transportation Event Map

I WILL BE A VISITOR TO PORT HEDLAND, DOES THE EVENT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS?  

There is no free camping associated with the event. Please contact the Port Hedland Visitor Centre for information on accommodation in Port Hedland on 9173 1711 or info@visitporthedland.com. If you have a fully self-contained RV you can utilise the RV overflow camping area at the Turf Club. This is provided on a first in best dressed basis and is patrolled by Rangers.

MY QUESTION WAS NOT ANSWERED, WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE EVENT INFORMATION?

Please contact the Events Team on 9158 9300 or email events@porthedland.wa.gov.au

Previous Festivals

Amy Shark, North West Festival 2019

Main Stage, North West Festival 2019

Baker Boy, North West Festival 2019

Civic Centre Gardens, North West Festival 2019


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Event Date(s)

  • Sat 21st Aug 21 12:00AM - 12:00AM
  • Sun 22nd Aug 21 12:00AM - 12:00AM

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