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Artists Keep On Coming To Tamworth ’24



The producers of the 2024 Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth have announced the second lineup of ticketed acts for the 52nd event, signaling the start of the countdown to the biggest live country music festival in the country.

Other acts taking the stage in the country music capital of Australia in January are the multi-time Golden Guitar winners and ARIA nominees The Wolfe Brothers, who play the Longyard on January 26 and the legendary Daryl Braithwaite, who play Blazes Showroom on January 27. On January 25 Toyota Star Maker Max Jackson will be present at Moonshiner’s Honky Tonk Bar. The Screaming Jets and Australian rocker Ian Moss will both play at the Longyard Hotel on January 23 and 25, respectively. On January 20, Tamworth native Lane Pittman—who just went on tour with Luke Combs—will have his one and only headline performance at the Tamworth Hotel.

The must see shows continue when on January 19, multi-award winner Kate Ceberano will play at the Longyard, and on January 25, Melbourne’s alt-rock group KINGSWOOD will play at the Tamworth Hotel. On January 22, Luke O’Shea and Kevin Bennett, the Golden Guitar winners, will perform together at the DAG Sheep Station. Alan Fletcher will also be a part of the TC Cassidy, Andy Penkow, and Donella Water performance at the Capitol Theatre.

Barry Harley, the manager of the 52nd Toyota Country Music Festival, believes there will be something for every musical taste at this amazing celebration.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Toyota Country Music Festival, which features thousands of shows over the course of 10 days and hundreds of artists from a variety of genres,”

“We can’t wait to see fans and guests in Tamworth in January and are thrilled to add more incredible artists to the 2024 lineup.”

Beccy Cole has been added to the roster for Orchestral Country, a star-studded special event that will take place at TRECC on Wednesday, January 24. This event, which will be a highlight of the 2024 Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival, will bring together some of Australia’s top country musicians with a 30-piece orchestra. Along with two more special guests who have not yet been revealed, other artists participating in this once-in-a-lifetime event include Adam Harvey, Fanny Lumsden, Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley, Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham, and Amber Lawrence!

Col Elliott, Katrina Burgoyne, Gavin Chatelier, Bryce Sainty, Darren Carr, Col Thomson, Tom Maxwell, Graham Rodger, Ash Grunwald, 8 Ball Aitken, Michael Carpenter and the Banks Brothers, Vixens of Fall, Tom Curtain, Kelly Brouhaha, Hayley Jensen, and Kevin Bennett and The Flood are among the other shows that have tickets available in 2024. The Louisiana Hayride Show, Homecoming with Lily Grace, The Songs and Stories of George Jones with Liam Kennedy-Clark, Women of Country with Lozz Benson, Balladeers on Darling including Anne Fraser, Jason Carruthers, Shelly Jones Band and Peter Smokie Dawson, the 2024 Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards, The Johnny Cash Tribute Show with West Texas Crude, Gunbarrel Highwaymen Final Tour with Reg Poole, Owen Blundell & Terry Gordon, the Luke Combs Tribute Show with Ross Webb & the Rusted Track, Travellin’ Still: The Songs of Slim Dusty with the Slim’s Touring Band & Pete Denahy, Keith Urban, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams Tribute Show with Craig Woodward and Ally Friendship, the 2024 Senior Academy Live, Manilla Community Choir and the ever popular Bush Poets Breakfast.

This comes after an already stellar lineup that features some of the most talented performers in the nation, such as the most successful Golden Guitar winner of all time and Australasian Roll of Renown and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Kasey Chambers. Troy Cassar-Daley, an ARIA nominee and nine-time Golden Guitar winner Top 2023 Golden Guitar winners Adam Harvey Lee Kernaghan, multiple award winner, country music legend Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley 2023 Toyota Album of the Year and ARIA Award winner Beccy Cole Eight-time Golden Guitar and ARIA award winner Casey Barnes 2023’s Female Artist of the Year is Fanny Lumsden. John Williamson, the renowned country music artist, Graeme Connors, who will commemorate 50 years in the business in 2024, Andrew Swift, the 2023 Golden Guitar winner, and Amber Lawrence 2023 Toyota Star Maker winner Ashleigh Dallas Favourite acts include Loren Ryan, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham, multi-award winner Shane Nicholson, and Melinda Schneider, the queen of country music. In addition, the highly anticipated Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, known as the “night of nights” in country music, will take place on Saturday, January 27, at the Tamworth Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC). ARIA nominee and multiple Golden Guitar Award winner Tania Kernaghan, together with 2014 Golden Guitar Award nominee Jason Owen, will host the 2024 awards.

Meanwhile, registration for the 2024 Toyota Country Music Busking Championships is already open for aspiring musicians hoping to secure a seat on the Boulevard of Dreams, located along the notorious Peel Street.

The organisers of the Toyota Country Music Festival are urging buskers of all ages to sign up for the wildly popular competition.

According to Mr. Harley, “one of the most iconic aspects of the Tamworth Country Music Festival is the Toyota Busking Championships, where some of the biggest names in the country music industry, including Keith Urban and Troy Cassar-Daley, got their start.”

“There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs at the 2024 Best of the Buskers concert on Sunday, January 28, in Toyota Park, where the top ten buskers from throughout the 10-day period, as chosen by the judges, will be invited to perform.”

The opening concert of the 52nd Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival, which will take place in Toyota Park, the festival’s largest venue, on January 19, 2024, will feature a number of 2023 winners, including Andrew Swift, Lyn Bowtell, Luke O’Shea, Lane Pittman, Amber Lawrence, and many more. The event will culminate with a breathtaking fireworks display. Every night of the Festival, Toyota Park will be the site of free events, such as the perennially popular Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Americana in the Park, Back to the Bush, Australia Day Celebrations, and Toyota’s Best of the Buskers.

Vin Naidoo, Chief Marketing Officer of Toyota Australia, stated that Toyota is honoured to be supporting such a remarkable group of Australian artists.

We still urge aspiring musicians to sign up for the Toyota Busking Championships. The talent on show never ceases to amaze, and many of the players on the current lineup got their start in the tournament.

“We’re excited to see how each performer demonstrates their skills for the thousands of attendees of the Toyota Country Music Festival in January.” stated Mr. Naidoo.

Tickets are now on sale for all shows and events, including the prestigious Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.

Stay up to date on the 52nd Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival at Facebook and TCMF Instagram.  


Dashville Skyline Announces Amazing Lineup For 10th Anniversary



When Australia’s own Cosmic Country Weekender, Dashville Skyline, celebrates its 10th anniversary in October Long Weekend (NSW) 2024, it’s going to be one amazing event.

Today, the festival revealed the addition of 16 bands to its already impressive 2024 lineup. One of the highlights of this partnership is the addition of two regional acts from NSW to the festival lineup, which will serve as the last stop on the MusicNSW-sponsored “Golden Highway” regional tour.

Please welcome as part of the second announcement, soul country powerhouse Emma Donovan, the eclectic esoteric Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi fame, Tamworth alt-country party boy Andy Golledge, well swung country outfit James Ellis & The Jealous Guys, raucous Austin based debutants Buck N Stuff (US), loveable larrikin Watty Thompson, rising indie folk singer Camille Trail, the incredible Americana vibes of Jeb Cardwell & The Dream Deal, local bluegrass legends Good Corn Liquor, western swing pros Hunter Valley Ramblers, the sexy prowess of Kingsley James, and the deep flow of Andy Abra’s Big River Band.

Together with his incredible band The Peaceniks, one of Australia’s greatest, Ross Wilson, will perform massive tunes from the vaults of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock alongside these acts. The legendary US group Hurray For The Riff Raff, the country rock icons Kingswood, the legendary front man of Goanna, Shane Howard, the upbeat blues trio 19-Twenty, the local folk ruffian William Crighton, the Melbourne spaghetti-western supergroup The Counterfeit, featuring the amazing Freya Josephine Hollick  and folk troubadour Emily Barker.

Other international artists include Uncle Lucius, a Texan legend from Yellowstone fame and Grace Petrie, a folk singer from the UK.

The small but passionate Dashville team has showcased some of the best Australian alternative folk and country music of the last ten years, and they do it with style and independence. Known for always doing things their own unique way, they provide a lovely setting for thoughtfully crafted festival programming that are jam-packed with soulful performances from all over the nation and the globe. This year is no different!

The following acts will be present at Dashville Skyline in 2024:

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks
Hurray For The Riff Raff (US)
Shane Howard & Band
Ella Hooper
Emma Donovan
William Crighton
Uncle Lucius (US)
Emily Barker
Rose City Band (US)
Grace Petrie (UK)
Andy Golledge
James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
The Counterfeit
Freya Josephine Hollick
Dana Gehrman
Jeb Cardwell & The Dream Deal
Watty Thompson
Magpie Diaries
David M. Western
Leroy Macqueen
Good Corn Liquor
Buck N Stuff (US)
Camille Trail
Dank Hank & The Hot Ones
Small Town Romance
Piper Butcher
Kingsley James
Grand Pricks
Field Of Crows
Hunter Valley Ramblers
Andy Abra & The Big River Band
Dashville Progress Society

Plus two acts as part of MusicNSW ‘Golden Highway’ Tour

The event offers a unique weekend musical camping experience. It is held over the October Long weekend, which falls on Friday, October 4, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 2024, on the revered “island in the stream,” Dashville, in Wonnarua Country, Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

This festival isn’t only about country music. With a sky full of stars and songs overhead and another rabbit hole appearing at every turn, Dashville Skyline is a masterfully arranged musical extravaganza that meanders through a wide-open country landscape.

The family-friendly camping festival is a favorite among people who want more relaxed music, maybe with a hint of cool permeating their folk or country genre. The well-known festival offers an abundance of amazing live performances by carefully selected artists from Australia and beyond, together with several artistic partnerships, family-friendly events, and casual, vintage-style country fun.

One of the main spectacles of the festival is the immensely popular Sunset Super Round. On Saturday at nightfall, artists on the bill merge around the main stage in spontaneous collaboration, to pay homage to their favourite songs of the “golden era”.

Tickets for Dashville Skyline 2024 are on sale now at the Dashville Store.

The festival program extends from Thursday 3rd October through to Sunday night, October 6, 2024.

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Tyler Hubbard Announces Debut Australian Headline Tour



Tyler Hubbard, a multi-Platinum selling artist, will be performing in Australia this October as part of his ‘Strong World Tour’ and will be Hubbard’s second visit to Australia in 2024, following his headline set at CMC Rocks earlier this year.

The general public will be able to purchase the tickets on Monday, May 20th, at the same time that the pre-sale begins on Friday, May 17th, at 10 am AEST.

Starting on October 6th at Melbourne’s Forum, the tour will make its way to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on October 9th, and finally to the Gold Coast’s Star Theatre on October 13th. In addition to Deniliquin’s Deni Ute Muster on October 4, Mareeba’s “Savannah In The Round” on October 11, and Sandstone Point’s “Over Yonder” Country Music Festival on October 12, Tyler has a number of other upcoming performances.

As a member of the multi-platinum combo Florida Georgia Line, the American singer-songwriter has already achieved a spectacular career with 21 US radio hits that peaked at No. 1, numerous accolades, and sold-out performances.

Tyler will be performing alone at this event, and fans will get a chance to witness his dynamic and energetic song selection, which highlights Hubbard’s free-spirited energy, command the stage.

His solo career has been booming since the release of his self-titled debut album in January, which was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record has received more than 1.33 billion streams worldwide.

On Strong, Hubbard has hit singles like “Back Then Right Now” and “Wish You Would,” and fans can look forward to hearing “5 Foot 9″—a song that has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA—and its follow-up, “Dancin’ In The Country”—a song that has more than 420 million streams worldwide and is RIAA Platinum—performed.

The 44th winner of Toyota Star Maker, Australia’s most esteemed country music competition, Wade Forster, is an Australian rodeo cowboy and country music performer. He will be accompanying Tyler on his tour around the country. On Spotify, Forster has over 400,000 monthly listeners, and on Apple Music, he has over 31,000,000 streams.


Sunday 06 October – Melbourne, Forum

Wednesday 09 October – Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Sunday 13 October – Gold Coast, The Star Theatre

Also appearing at:

Friday 04 October – Deniliquin, Deni Ute Muster

Friday 11 October – Mareeba, Savannah In The Round

Saturday 12 October – Sandstone Point, Over Yonder Country Music Festival

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Kip Moore Announces Return To AU & NZ



As part of his Nomad World Tour, multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Kip Moore will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in September and October, and country music fans couldn’t be more thrilled to have him here.

For his fifth Australian tour, Kip is performing nine massive headline shows in cities including Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Thirroul, and Brisbane as part of his Nomad World Tour.

On Monday, March 25th at 4pm local time, Frontier Members will have access to the presale tickets. The general onsale will start on Wednesday, March 27th at 4pm local time. Check out for all the tour details and reservations!

Kip Moore’s southern charm remains as smooth as ever; he last visited Australia and New Zealand for a sell-out headline tour in 2023, which included a spectacular headline performance at CMC Rocks QLD. Arenas and theatres around the nation are going to go ballistic when the genre-bending songsmith returns, as his legion of devoted followers are begging for more.

After launching his career in 2012 with the release of Up All Night, Kip got off to a roaring start. The project became an immediate hit, going platinum in the US, and was praised as “the best by a new country artist this year” (Taste of Country). As the next decade rolled along, Kip’s highly awaited fifth studio album, Damn Love, was released in 2023 to millions of albums sold and over 2.9 billion streams globally. This album, which Kip Moore co-produced, features thirteen songs that demonstrated his skill as a songwriter and musician once again, solidifying his position as a dominant force in the country music industry.

Known worldwide for his electrifying live performances and distinctive sound, Kip Moore is an absolutely extraordinary performer. This past year, he reached a new peak in his career with over 44,000 tickets sold in South Africa. He played to sold-out stadiums in Pretoria and Cape Town, ushered in a new era for country music, and even debuted the Cape Town Country Music Festival.

The dynamic troubadour will devote the most of 2024 to his craft, playing headlining concerts and festival appearances across North America before making a late-year trek to Australia and New Zealand.

In recent years, “Kip Moore” has amassed a legion of devoted fans around the world. Riding high on the enthusiasm and interest of his massive global fan base – A A Nashville Soundscape

“Becoming one of the most consistent and potent live draws in country music, and not only in the US. Performing to packed houses in countries like Australia and Canada, he is a shining example of the organic performance art that the most commercially successful acts in his field tend to ignore in favour of stagecraft.”

Rolling Stone

James Johnston, a local hero, has had remarkable success with his boot-stomping songs about life in the country. He has joined Kip in performing in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. James has risen to prominence as one of Australia’s most popular country music singers on streaming services, riding high on the success of his groundbreaking debut album RAISED LIKE THAT and the rest of 2023. His unassuming demeanour, high-energy live performance, and indisputable talent will propel him to international stardom.

New Zealand, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Canberra will be graced by the melodic sounds of Sons Of The East, a local indie folk duo. With over 300 million streams and sold-out concerts in Australia and across the globe, Sons Of The East are an incredible independent success story. Palomar Parade, their outstanding debut album, showcases their energetic sound and helps them carve out a distinct niche among their peers.

Kip Moore, who has defied genre expectations in country music, returns to Australia and New Zealand to the delight of his devoted fans. In September and October, he will be performing at two of his most notable concerts to date.

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