The Annual Concert For Rural Australia!
The Toyota Stars Under The Stars is Australian country music’s big night out at the famous Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth.
The music celebration will see a veritable galaxy of stars including James Blundell, Kirsty Lee Akers, Luke Austen, Luke Dickens, Jared Porter, Kaylee Bell, Mickey Pye, Karin Page and many more surprise guest artists at the annual concert for rural Australia proudly supported by Toyota.
Freshly crowned, the 2017 Toyota Star Maker winner will join the stellar cast for a spectacular three-hour concert for all the family to enjoy under the Milky Way.
Toyota has a long and proud history of supporting country music in Australia and 2017 marks 25 years of involvement in the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Toyota’s continued support of country music is the brand’s way of giving back to the rural people and communities who have supported Toyota in Australia for more than 50 years.
Staged by Fairfax Rural Events with the support of Tamworth Regional Council, the event held on the last Friday night of the festival attracts more than 10,000 fans to the grounds of Bicentennial Park aptly known as Toyota Park during the 10-day event.
Lee Kernaghan has held the spotlight at this exciting concert for rural Australia over the past few years. In 2017, the star celebrates the 25th anniversary of his first chart-busting hit, Boys From The Bush. His Australia Day concert, proudly presented by Toyota, will be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC).
The year also marks another special celebration: the 30th year since James Blundell won Star Maker.
In many ways, James Blundell epitomises what Star Maker is all about. A bush boy and stockman, he came out of nowhere — thanks to a riding accident that put him out of action and began his singing and guitar-playing career — and blitzed the field back in 1987 to take out the quest and begin his ascension in country music.
“I had a definite feeling on the night I won that my life had just taken a whole different direction,” Blundell said.
“In retrospect, you can’t overestimate the value of that win. It opened all kinds of doors – for TV, touring, media – that never would have been possible otherwise.”
For Blundell, the next decade was a whirlwind of touring, with highlights including several hugely successful albums and numerous #1 singles, his collaboration with James Reyne on Way Out West and time spent in Nashville.
Kirsty Lee Akers also celebrates a milestone year in 2017. It’s 10 years since the petite songmaker won Toyota Star Maker and 2016 has been her most successful year to date. Kirsty’s fourth studio album debuted on April 1 through Maven Records/Sony Music. The album Burn Baby Burn saw her achieve her highest Australian chart position as the #1 ARIA Country Australian Album on launch.
The concert will also feature the outgoing Star Maker winner Karin Page, 2015 winner Mickey Pye, Jared Porter (2014) and Kaylee Bell (2013), Luke Austen (2011), Luke Dickens (2010) and a constellation of surprise guests with a finale not to be missed.
Toyota has been supporting emerging artists of Star Maker for 22 years and the winners of Star Maker would all agree they have benefited greatly from Toyota’s support.
The concert in the park has raised more than $200,000 for a variety of rural communities and causes over the years. In January 2016 the McGrath Foundation received an outstanding donation of $37,392.15 from fans. The McGrath Foundation will once again be the beneficiary of proceeds in 2017.
The 2017 Toyota Stars Under The Stars – Concert For Rural Australia will be held in Toyota Park on Friday, January 27, 2017 and will be kicked off with 2015 winner Mickey Pye at 7pm.
And the stars keep on shining with Sam Hawksley returning from his home base in Nashville to bring his A-list backing band together for the night.
Bring your chair or blanket, and enjoy this glittering, all-star event, filled with surprises and special moments. Like the best things in life, it’s absolutely FREE … in Toyota Park.