13 February 2013
Whether you are a long-time fan of country music or simply love spending time in the great outdoors enjoying great tunes and stunning scenery, you won’t want to miss the Central Coast Country Music Festival.
The event, which begins on March 8 and runs until March 10, is a brilliant excuse to take a trip to The Entrance – most of the performances are free of charge and held in Memorial Park, although there are some other venues in Wyoming Shire and Gosford City.
Over the three-day celebration of country music, visitors will be treated to performances from the likes of Melinda Schneider, McAlister Kemp, The Wolverines, Jetty Road, The Pigs, Craig Morrison and many more – all in a stunning seaside setting! All in all, more than 90 artists will perform at more than 35 venues on the NSW Central Coast.
A number of events are scheduled throughout the festival – you can take in a performance from the winner of the Toyota Rising Star Maker competition, as well as the Poet’s Breakfast, line dancing displays, and of course the amusements and fairground rides.
A busking competition is also hosted in two categories – junior and senior. Juniors compete on Saturday March 9 for a first prize of $200 and a runner-up prize of $100, while the senior competition offers prizes of $500 and $200 and is held on Sunday March 10. If you are keen to enter the busking competition and take your skills to the stage, there is still time – entries close on February 19.
If you are planning on attending this year’s Central Coast Country Music Festival, it is worth arriving early – and staying in the local area. At the 2012 festival, more than 48,000 people were in attendance over the three days, so come prepared to beat the crowds!
It is also worth noting that as many of the performances are held outside, it is always important to carry plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.