Australia’s largest country music celebration kicks off today in Tamworth!
19 January 2024
Thousands of visitors have flocked to the nation’s country music capital for Australia’s largest country music celebration, with the 52nd Toyota Country Music Festival officially kicking off in Tamworth, NSW.
The massive 10-day event will bring together thousands of country music artists, including Australasian Roll of Renown and ARIA Hall of Fame Inductee Kasey Chambers, most successful Golden Guitar winner of all time Troy Cassar-Daley, nine-time Golden Guitar winner and ARIA nominated Adam Harvey, country icon Lee Kernaghan, multi-award winner Beccy Cole, multi-Golden Guitar winners and ARIA nominated The Wolfe Brothers, the iconic Daryl Braithwaite, 2023 Toyota Album of the Year and ARIA award winner Casey Barnes, eight-time Golden Guitar and ARIA award winner Fanny Lumsden, and 2023 Female Artist of the Year Amber Lawrence..
Tamworth Regional Mayor, Cr Russell Webb, says he is delighted to extend a warm welcome to everyone returning to Tamworth for the nation’s largest country music festival.
“The most anticipated time of the year is officially here, and we are excited to see another Toyota Country Music festival come to life over the next 10 days,” says Mr Webb.
The 52nd event will officially kick off with the Opening Concert in Toyota Park from 7pm tonight, with a long list of stars ready to set the atmosphere for the festival, including the 2023 Toyota Golden Guitar Female Artist of the Year, Amber Lawrence, 2023 Toyota Golden Guitar Male Artist of the Year Andrew Swift, 2023 Toyota Star Maker Loren Ryan, and 2023 Toyota Busking Champion Lane Pittman who was in the top two on Keith Urban’s team in The Voice 2022, and who went on to tour on the Luke Combs tour in 2023.
Each year the Toyota Country Music Festival brings with it many new events, shows and performances, and Festival Manager, Barry Harley, says that this year is no exception.
“We have an incredible lineup of both free and ticketed shows spanning across the 10 days. If there’s a show you’re excited about, don’t wait – grab your tickets now to secure your spot!” says Mr Harley.
“With a jam-packed lineup of new additions to the festival, the 52nd event will still see the return of many iconic events our visitors know and love.”
Other major events include the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final on Sunday, 21 January, The Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s young talent search, which runs daily on the Macca’s stage; country music’s night of nights, the 2024 Toyota 52nd Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday, 27 January and on the final night of the Festival, Sunday 28 January will see the top buskers from across the 10-days go head-to-head at the 2024 Toyota Best of the Buskers.
“In Tamworth, there’s a stage for every performer, a show for every audience, and good times for all, with the dedicated Family Zone, Toyota Zone, market stalls, the festival’s iconic buskers that line Peel St, and free entertainment every night at the festival’s largest outdoor venue, Toyota Park,” says Mr Harley.
“And as always, fans will have the chance to see their favourite artists perform up close for free across the 10 days at FanZone Stage.”
Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer, Vin Naidoo, said Toyota Australia is thrilled to welcome festival-goers, and all artists and performers alike to the 2024 Toyota Country Music Festival.
“We’re very excited to experience everything the festival has to offer and listen to the up-and-coming artists and country music stars who have made their way to Tamworth this year.”
We wish everyone attending the festival across the 10 days a fantastic time at the 2024 Toyota Country Music Festival.”
Tamworth Country Music Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.