6 December 2013
This is one of the biggest country music festivals on the planet so it's no surprise that performers and visitors come from all over the world to be part of the action. More than 2,200 events will take place over the eight-day attraction, with 80 different venues gearing up to host over 4,000 different performances during that time.
Next year, organisers are expecting more than 55,000 visitors to see some of these great acts.
Over 600 buskers will put on their best shows along Peel Street during the event, each in a bid to win the Australian Country Music Busking Championships. With all of the incredible talent on offer in past years, the organisers decided to turn this tradition into a competition in order to award the standout performances along the street. During the final weekend of the festival, a hand-picked group of the best will perform at the Best of the Buskers Concert.
Many people will be looking forward to the Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA), where the best of the best are honoured in an evening of celebrations with the Golden Guitar Awards. These will be held on January 25 and will no doubt draw a huge crowd – so book your tickets early!
To get around all of the venues, book your $10 ticket for 10 days on the Festival Express – a bus that travels around to ensure you don't miss a second of the excitement.
One thing to sort out early is accommodation. With so many people coming to the town for the festival you'll need to book in soon. There's a variety of Tamworth accommodation to choose from, such as the cosy Farm Cottage B and B or the centrally located Tamworth YHA.