Immerse yourself in the unique range of musical experiences Tamworth has to offer and you will certainly understand why it has been named the Country Music Capital of Australia.
Ever since 1973, the Tamworth region has hosted the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Held annually in the month of January, the popular festival attracts tens of thousands of country music fans each year, all of whom flock to Tamworth to be part of the exciting atmosphere..
The Country Music festival is one of the top ten festivals in the world and brings together around 55,000 country music fans and 800 performers for 4000 shows across 80 venues over ten unforgettable days. During this iconic event, thousands of visitors are able to attend free outdoor concerts performed by their favourite country music stars.
Tamworth’s main street becomes a hub of entertainment, with music fans treated to a variety of buskers and market stallholders. Revellers can also enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the performers by visiting the energetic Fanzone area, where fans can enjoy intimate performances, artist signings and live interviews.
If you thought the days were filled with thrilling events, make sure you stick around at night. Watch as the stars strut down the red carpet and appear on stage as presenters, performers or, if they’re lucky enough, one of the 400 recipients of the prestigious Golden Guitar award.
After all of the excitement of the internationally renowned country music festival, you may need some peace and quiet to relax. The perfect place to do this is at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre, where you can stare up at the Big Golden Guitar and browse through the large selection of Australian and international country music CDs and DVDs.
You can then experience the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, which displays the historic journey of how Australian country music evolved. Learn about the history of the most famous faces in country music and see them carved out in wax, including Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Chad Morgan, Beccy Cole, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more.
Tamworth also offers an extensive country music trail that includes the country music Galaxy of Stars, where the stars of country music are immortalised in bronze plaques. Take a scenic stroll down Tamworth’s picturesque tree-lined Peel Street and admire the plaques in the pavement that celebrate the winners of the annual Country Music Awards.
If you are still craving more ways to satisfy your country music hunger, then head down to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. This is Australia’s most comprehensive collection of Australian country music memorabilia and history, and boasts more than 40 exhibits showcasing the greatest stars their costumes, recordings, posters and personal effects. The archive also includes the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, which is a tribute to the broadcasters that have assisted in defining country music in Australia.
Any trip to Tamworth is guaranteed to be a memorable one, so be sure to stop by and experience the country music capital for yourself.