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Big Name Country Stars to Perform FREE in Toyota Park in 2022

09 December 2021

Toyota Park will be the place to be for Festival goers in January 2022, with more than 100 artists set to headline a full week of FREE concerts during the 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival. 

A stellar line up will kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Friday, January 14, with Golden Guitar winner and ARIA #1 Australian Country Artist, Kirsty Lee Akers, Golden Guitar winner and ARIA nominated Felicity Urquhart who’ll be performing with Josh Cunningham, former Toyota Star Maker and Golden Guitar winner Blake O’Connor, 2020 Toyota Star Maker Sammy White, up and comers Loren Ryan, Abbie Ferris and Melanie Dyer, as well as students from the CMAA Academy of Country Music all taking part in the Opening Concert.

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley says the city is ready to welcome back country music’s biggest stars to the Festival’s main stage.

“Every year thousands of festival goers celebrate the opening of the Festival in Toyota Park, and everyone can expect a huge kick off in 2022.

“Thanks to the NSW government there will be some spectacular entertainment on offer, particularly on opening night and I can reveal we will also have some special guests ready to get the 50th anniversary celebrations started.”

With the support of the NSW government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund, Toyota Park will provide festival goers with FREE access to some of Australia’s best country music artists, 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 January 16, as well as Adam Brand and Travis Collins later in the week. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund had provided $150,000 to enable a bigger Stars Under the Stars series. 

“It’s great to be able to support such an iconic event in Tamworth that will attract thousands of visitors who will spend in local shops and cafes, helping regional NSW’s economy rebound from the impacts of COVID-19,” Mr Toole said.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer John Pappas 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 Pappas 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 big names set to perform in Toyota Park through the week include Aussie rock icon, Ian Moss, who’ll be performing on January 18, outlaw country rocker and Double J presenter Henry Wagons, as well as multi-award winning artists Amber Lawrence and Andrew Swift, country pop-rocker Casey Barnes and festival favourites Hurricane Fall.

“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 January 2022.”

Click here for the full Toyota Park line up of free performances during TCMF 2022.

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.