The scene is set for a bigger than ever Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth following Friday’s bright opening, which began 10 days and nights of festivities.
Hundreds of performers have joined thousands of country fans in Tamworth, eager to take in the spectacle.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant, who attended the opening concert last night, said: “It was fantastic to be in Tamworth last night to mark the start of the 2015 Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth. The opening concert set the standard for what will be an outstanding ten days of entertainment and events in Australia’s home of country music.”
“The NSW Government is proud to support the Festival through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and I wish all visitors to Tamworth an enjoyable stay in this wonderful region of NSW,” Mr Grant said.
The highlight of the 10 days, of course, is the iconic Golden Guitar Awards – the Country Music Awards of Australia. Taking place on Saturday 24 January, country music’s Night of Nights will feature a big line-up of performers headed by multiple award-winners Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, The McClymonts, Adam Harvey and Luke O’Shea.
“The awards night is the pinnacle of the entire festival, especially with the number of performers we have gathered,” Festival Director John Sommerlad said.
“But of course there are plenty of other highlights, as well.”
The huge Toyota Star Maker, Australia’s premier country music talent search, will be held over two nights on 18 and 23 January. The Toyota Star Maker has launched the careers of some of Australia’s best-known artists over the past 35 years including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell and Gina Jeffreys.
The Top Ten Final is on Sunday 18 January at Tamworth Town Hall, and the Grand Final, a FREE concert in Toyota Park, will be held on Friday 23 January where the rising stars will battle it out for the coveted title and major prize pool.
The talented and admired The McClymonts are putting on a two-part show at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre (TRECC) on Wednesday 21 January at 2pm, which will be one of the feature events of the Festival. The three sisters, originally from Grafton, will play their show in two parts – first an acoustic set followed by an electric set with their full band. Tickets are available from tcmf.com.au.
Multi Golden Guitar Award winner and iconic Australian singer songwriter, Paul Kelly, returns to Tamworth with a special soul revue, The Merri Soul Sessions, from 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 January at (TRECC). Tickets are available from tcmf.com.au.
Loved and respected singer songwriter and one of the Australian country music industry’s most popular figures, Troy Cassar-Daley, will take a walk down memory lane with his concert, Streets of Old Tamworth. Held on Thursday 22 January at 4.30pm at the TRECC (tickets are available).
Tamworth Town Hall will be hosting a line-up of Australian music industry legends including John Williamson. Tickets to his show Honest People at 8pm on Friday 23 January are still available.
Multi Grammy award winner and country superstar Kenny Rogers will perform his special Through the Years World Tour concert from 4pm on Sunday 25 January at TRECC. Tickets are available from the Festival website.
Australia’s longest running music awards, the 43rd Country Music Awards of Australia - The Golden Guitars - represent the pinnacle in Australian Country Music and will be staged on Saturday 24 January 2015 at TRECC. Tickets are available from the Festival website.
The Toyota Fanzone Precinct is back (corner of Peel and Fitzroy Streets), with up to 90 artists set to make live appearances with FREE performances. Each day there will be artist signings, radio interviews, and other fan fun. From 6pm each night the Fanzone stage will feature artists, including buskers.
The 10-day Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth is the biggest in the country, and lauded as one of the top music festivals in the world.
The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2015 is being held from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 January. It is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.