Photo of the Month: Firing up Woodford Folk Festival
- 02 February 2018
Every month we host a Photo of the Month competition for the Bulk Fuel Australia team, who send through photos of truck photography, on-site refuelling and bulk fuel deliveries to our clients from all corners of the country. Our latest winner goes to Michael from Unit 91, who snapped a photo of our fuel tanker at the recent Woodford Folk Festival.
Thirty-four stages, up to 132,000 attendees and almost 400 performers over six days in December add up to one big music and arts festival – and a considerable power requirement.
The Woodford Folk Festival, which is now in its 32nd year, is an event of international standing and is regarded as the biggest holiday season and New Year’s bash in Australia. Held for six days, from December 27th to January 1st, the line-up saw more than 400 musical performers, including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beautiful Girls, as well as cultural dances, street performers, writer’s panels, comedy sessions, circus performance, health and wellbeing events, a spectacular fire show and an entire children’s festival – it’s the inception of festivals.
With such a sizeable number of attendees descending upon Woodfordia, the festival needed temporary power on a massive scale. From stages and sound systems to the food stalls and trucks, to the campsite and facilities, the festival is similar to that of Glastonbury Festival, who uses over 30,000 megawatts of electricity throughout the festival weekend.
To help you understand the scale of such an event, the culmination of attendees, land size and amenity makes this festival the 67th largest town in Australia while the event in full swing. Not only that, if every Woodford act were to play back-to-back, the festival would need to continue for 93 days.
Safety in numbers
Manoeuvring around the large site that prides itself on minimising environmental impact was a large consideration for the event organisers of Woodford Folk Festival. Top of the list though was the safety of their attendees, the workers and the equipment. It’s easy to see why. With six days of performances, 132,000 people coming and going, alcohol and a tanker full of combustible fuels – safety was the number one priority.
Refuelling power generators wasn’t a before and after the event. To keep the music pumping and the guests at maximum enjoyment, compliance and best-practice safety were applied to the storage and handling of fuel into the generators. Luckily, we’ve had a bit of experiencing powering the Splendour in the Grass Festival and knew exactly what to do to ensure our tankers and drivers exceeded safety management requirements.
Whether you’re an event organiser, a project manager for a construction site or an agriculture farmer, Bulk Fuel Australia has a wide variety of capabilities to keep the show on the road. Contact us today for a quote.