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Youngsters set to shine in Tamworth in inaugural Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s

15 April 2022

Young country music artists are ready to hit the stage at the 50th Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth, with the inaugural Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s set to kick off on Monday.

The new talent quest will give those 17 years and under a chance to perform on stage at the Festival and provide them with an opportunity to kick start their musical journey.

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley said: “There has been a great response from youngsters, with up-and-coming country performers from all across the region and the state registering to take part.”

Due to increased demand, additional performer spots have opened up, giving young artists more opportunity to get involved.

“If you haven’t registered for the Golden Gig, there’s still plenty of time to get involved. Artists can go to the Macca’s stage in Family Zone, sign up and jump on stage to perform,” said Mr Harley.

There will be two age categories for the Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s, with one dedicated to artists 12 years and under, while the other will be for those aged 13 to 17 years old.

There will also be thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes up for grabs, with the winners of each age category walking away with tools to help them further develop their musical skills.

“The overall winner will be awarded a place and family accommodation at the Country Music Association of Australia’s Junior Song Camp staged in Tamworth in July.

“While the individual winners of each category will receive an instrument of their choice from Yamaha, plus vouchers from Capitol Music and cash prizes,” said Mr Harley.

Winners will be chosen by the panel of judges which includes country music artists and industry representatives.

David McMullen, Market Director (NSW), McDonald’s Australia, said: “McDonald’s has played a key role in the local Tamworth community for over 40 years and we are proud to continue this support through the 50th Toyota Country Music Festival. 

“As the largest employer of young people in the country, we are committed to supporting the next generation and setting them up for future success. 

“The Golden Gig is an incredible opportunity for young country music artists to kick start their musical journey and we are excited to shine a spotlight on the talent from the region and beyond.” 

The Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s will kick off at 11am each day on the Macca’s Stage. Registrations can be submitted via the Festival website.

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.