News May 20, 2020

Plans are underway for Tamworth Country Music Festival to return

Plans are underway for Tamworth Country Music Festival to return

It may look a little different, but organisers of the Toyota Festival in Tamworth are picking up the tempo and preparing for the 2021 event.

While the festival might look different from previous years, regional council mayor Col Murray said this challenge has provided organisers with an opportunity to innovate.

“After all, Tamworth is Australia’s country music capital, and we are excited to welcome back both artists and fans and provide them with the best opportunity to reconnect after so long.”

Councillor Murray also revealed the annual celebration could adopt a different approach, depending on social distancing restrictions in place at the time of the festival.

However, the event remains scheduled to run from January 15 to 24 next year and is likely to be one of the first major country to go ahead after restrictions ease.

Event organisers Tamworth Regional Council are working closely with the , artists, managers and venues to “make it a success”.

CMAA chairman, Dan Biddle, confirmed that planning is underway for a big return.

“The country music community can be confident that the CMAA and Tamworth Regional Council will be presenting the Toyota in January 2021,” said Biddle.

In a statement sent to media, organisers warned of a “significant cost to the local Tamworth businesses and community” if the planning does not forge ahead.

“Locally, it’s important for the Tamworth economy, but more broadly, it’s a key event for the country ,” said Murry.

“With more Australians looking to domestic travel options in the wake of the pandemic, TCMF2021 will be the perfect opportunity to welcome new visitors to the region.”

Planning for the Golden Guitar Awards is also in motion, to take place on January 23 next year, with entries opening on August 28 for music released between October and September.

The first round of tickets is currently scheduled to go on sale in early September.

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