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Australia’s country stars to perform FREE in Toyota Park in 2022

07 March 2022

Some of the biggest names of Australia’s country music scene are set to headline a week of free concerts in Toyota Park at the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth.

The 50th birthday celebrations will kick off on Monday, April 18, with multi-Golden Guitar winner Adam Harvey headlining an all-star line up, including Golden Guitar winner and ARIA #1 Australian Country Artist, Kirsty Lee Akers, alt-country rocker Andrew Swift, 2020 Toyota Star Maker Sammy White, up and comers Abbie Ferris and Melanie Dyer, as well as Vixens of Fall all taking part in the Opening Concert.

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley says the city is ready and waiting to welcome back fans and festival favourites to Toyota Park.

“While it may be a shorter program in Toyota Park in April 2022, we’re excited to be welcoming back all the big names.

“I have no doubt it will be another huge kick off in April, with thousands of fans celebrating the opening of the Festival in Toyota Park.”

With the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and Regional Events Acceleration Fund, festival goers will be treated to a full week of free concerts, with some of the biggest names taking to the stage in Toyota Park, including Lee Kernaghan, who’ll make a special appearance to celebrate 40 years since his Star Maker win at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final concert on April 19, as well as Adam Brand and Travis Collins later in the week.

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival was shaping up to be a fantastic event that would make a significant social and economic contribution to the region. 

“It is fantastic to see the new program for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which already has a star-studded line-up. Events like this add to the vitality of our regional centres and are key drivers of the NSW visitor economy, attracting fans, artists and crew who stay in our hotels and spend locally.

“Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic festival is a further indication the region is springing back to life after a tough few years. I encourage festival goers in April to support the local economy by enjoying the warm hospitality of Tamworth and exploring the stunning New England region.”

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Vin Naidoo said the Toyota Park concerts have always been a highlight of the Toyota Country Music Festival and the lineup in this 50th year of the festival was outstanding.

“Of all the events that make up the festival, the free concerts held at Toyota Park truly demonstrate the community spirit that is at the heart of the Toyota Country Music Festival,” Mr Naidoo said.

“It’s a great opportunity for families and country music fans of all ages to get together and celebrate with some of the best country artists in Australia,” he said.

Other names set to perform in Toyota Park through the week include outlaw country rocker and Double J presenter Henry Wagons with his band The Only Children, as well as Missy Lancaster, Taylor Moss, Emmagen Rain, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Gretta Ziller, plus the legendary Chad Morgan.

“There’s no other festival in Australia that can provide this quality line up of musicians for free,” says Mr Harley.

“The support of the state government will allow us to bring more than 100 live music acts to the Festival to perform in Toyota Park in April 2022.”

Festival goers can also secure one of the best seats in the house, with tickets now on sale for the Country Club.

This VIP experience will guarantee Festival goers a seat, under cover, front and centre in Toyota Park, with a complimentary drink and snacks and the chance to mingle with artists. Tickets can be purchased via the Festival website. 

Toyota Park will feature the following line up of free performances during the Festival:  

•    Monday, April 18: Opening Concert 
A snapshot of the diversity of music to be seen in Tamworth 2022, featuring multi Golden Guitar winner and Mr Nice Guy Adam Harvey headlining an all-star cast including, direct from television’s The Block, Kirsty Lee Akers, 2020 Toyota Star Maker Sammy White, alt-country rocker Andrew Swift, the sweet sounds of Melanie Dyer, previous winners of Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands Vixens of Fall, relative new comer Abbie Ferris with a special Welcome to Country performed by Loren Ryan and Len Waters.
•    Tuesday, April 19: 2022 Toyota Star Maker Grand Final
Following in the footsteps of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, James Blundell and many others, the 42nd Toyota Star Maker Grand Final will launch the Top 10 into the spotlight. Come along see Billie-Jo Porter, Brittany Elise, Charlie Fittler, Clancy Pye, Heath Lancaster, Jade Gibson, Jake Davey, Katie Jayne, Loren Ryan and Max Jackson as they vie for the Star Maker crown.  The evening also features a gala performance by 2020 Toyota Star Maker, Sammy White. And SPECIAL GUEST celebrating 40 years since he won the quest, Lee Kernaghan.

•    Wednesday, April 20: Travis Collins and Friends  
We welcome back to Tamworth six times Golden Guitar winner Travis Collins and a few of his friends.  Joining Travis on stage will be the proof that the future of Australian country music is in safe hands with the sensational Missy Lancaster, Taylor Moss, Emmagen Rain and Brittany Maggs.
•    Thursday, April 21: Americana In The Park  
Witness the fastest-growing sub-genre of country music featuring established, award-winning artists and the brightest stars on the horizon – Henry Wagons and the Only Children, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, The Weeping Willows, Gretta Ziller and Kelly Brouhaha.  

•    Friday, April 22: Back to the Bush Spectacular
Arguably the biggest bush ballad show in Australia is produced and hosted by Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson.  The line-up will include names such as: the legendary Chad Morgan celebrating 70 years in show business, Anne Kirkpatrick, Tom Maxwell, Lindsay Butler, Shaza Leigh, Jeff Brown, Peter Coad, The Coad sisters with Jim Hermel, Dean Perrett, Tracy Coster, The Muirs, Charlie Boyter and many others including a surprise guest or two. 

•    Saturday, April 23: KIX Live in the Park
Another stellar line-up in Toyota Park brought to you by KIX and Country Rocks featuring Adam Brand’s only Tamworth performance! Hosted by Justin Thomson from KIX Country, this live and loud event includes The Buckleys, Hayley Jensen, Cornell & Carr, Brewn, Ben Ransom, Bella McKenzie, Stewart Barton and a very special guest!  

•    Sunday, April 24: 2022 Toyota Busking Championships 
The final event for Toyota Park is where the TOP TEN buskers selected by the judges through the seven days of the festival battle it out to be crowned 2022 Best of the Buskers Champion.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.