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Countdown is on to 51st Toyota Country Music Festival!

02 January 2023

The countdown is on to Australia’s biggest country music celebration, with just 10-days until the 51st Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth!

Organisers are expecting a huge turnout for next week’s event, in what will mark an exciting return to the Festival’s traditional 10-day timeslot.

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley says ticket sales have been strong leading up to the 51st event.

“We have seen many sold out shows and high-ticket sales across a number of venues coming into the new year, which is very exciting to see,” he said.

“As the most unique live music experience in Australia, there will be something on offer for all ages and musical tastes, with many free elements for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

The 51st event will officially kick off with the Opening Concert in Toyota Park – the Festival’s largest and loudest venue on Friday 13 January. Artists amongst the Opening Concert line up include top 2022 Golden Guitar winner, Shane Nicholson, 2022 Female Artist of the Year Ashleigh Dallas, 2022 Toyota Star Maker Max Jackson, 2022 Golden Guitar winner Angus Gill, 2023 Toyota Star Maker Finalist Jacob Vincent, 2022 Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s winner Mackenzie Lee, plus 2022 The Voice contestant and Golden Gig finalist, Lane Pittman, as well as students from the CMAA Academy of Country Music. Compered by Barry Morgan with his organ it will be a fun night for all the family.

Free concerts will be hosted in Toyota Park every single night of the Festival, with other big names taking to the stage, including fan favourite Shannon Noll, multi-award winning artist Adam Brand, 2023 Golden Guitar Award nominee Amy Sheppard, The Sunny Cowgirls, long-time Festival favourite Chad Morgan, Hayley Jensen, Christie Lamb.

Country music fans can get up close to their favourite artists in the Toyota FanZone, with a jam-packed line-up of over 100 artists across the 10-days.

“Some of the big names popping up on the Toyota FanZone stage include top 2023 Golden Guitar Award nominee James Johnston, 2023 include ARIA nominated and Golden Guitar Award winner, Amber Lawrence, two-time Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift, 2022 New Talent of the Year winners Darlinghurst, plus many, many more,” said Mr Harley. 

The 51st Festival will see the return of the ever-popular buskers, while chalk artists, and trader stalls will keep everyone entertained in the main festival precinct.

The dedicated Family Zone will have plenty activities for the young and young at heart, including carnival rides and side show alley and the Toyota Zone will be back with its ever-popular Toyota Hat and pin giveaway, with the proceeds of sales going towards a worthy cause – crisis support service Lifeline.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Vin Naidoo said that over 30 years, Toyota has supported a range of charities during Tamworth Country Music Festival by selling hats and pins to give back to the community and support those that are doing it tough.

 “The support that Lifeline provides is essential, and Toyota is incredibly proud to be partnering with them for the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival.” Mr Naidoo said.

“The hats and pins are an iconic part of the summer festival, and all funds raised go directly to Lifeline to help fund such a critical service and strengthen the local community. So, we encourage all festival goers to visit the Toyota Zone during the festival to show their support to Lifeline.”

And for those looking for the VIP treatment, festival goers can secure one of the best seats in the house, with the Country Club offering an exclusive opportunity to soak up live entertainment under cover, front and centre in Toyota Park. 
“With access to the only licenced area in Toyota Park, ticket holders will experience the Festival in VIP style and perhaps have the opportunity to mingle with some of the stars performing on the night,” said Mr Harley. 

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.