Countdown is on for Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth

Countdown is on for Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth

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The countdown is on for the highly anticipated Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth in 2020, an ungated event of ticketed and free shows and rated in the top 10 in the world. But that's not the only NSW event tempting travellers far and wide as we take a look at some great reasons to grab a car rental and hit the road in NSW this summer.

Country favourites return

Jan 17-26 2020

The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth is the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere and attracts over 300,000 visitors across 10 days, with over 700 artists featured in 2,800 scheduled events across 120 venues. The variety of music is endless! There are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day.

The pinnacle event of the festival is the Golden Guitars - the Country Music Awards of Australia, held on the second Saturday of the festival where the who's who of Australian country music gathers with country music fans to see who will win the coveted Golden Guitar Awards.

Visit FanZone and get up and personal with some of country's favourite stars, or Regional Australia Bank Family Zone where the kids will have the time of their lives with rides and attractions. Experience the Toyota 4x4 Track within Toyota Zone, be a part of Coca-Cola Country or browse stalls throughout the Central Business District.

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Put on those blue suede shoes...

Jan 8-12 2020

The iconic Parkes Elvis Festival is a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley held annually in Parkes in the second week of January to coincide with the birthday of The King.

From Wednesday to Sunday more than 150 events take place at venues in and around Parkes. The Festival attracts headline international and national Elvis tribute artists, and more than 26,500 national and international visitors to Central West NSW.

Parkes Elvis Festival is proud to be officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Thredbo Blues Festival

Jan 17-20 2020

Country music and Elvis not your thing? Then maybe the Thredbo Blues Festival tickles your musical fancy.

The Thredbo Blues Festival is bursting with talent with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other. With intimate bars and restaurants, spectacular outdoor venues and the whole of Thredbo Village given over to the blues, Thredbo sets the stage for an atmosphere that musicians and blues fans love.

Over 20 amazing Australian and International Blues artists are taking over Thredbo for three huge days and nights of non-stop blues and good times with close to 60 performances.

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Off and racing in Albury

December 26 (Boxing Day)

The Spring Racing Carnival may be done and dusted, but all the action and social fun continues the day after Christmas in the beautiful grounds of the Albury Racing Club.

The Albury Racing Club was established in 1881 and today stands as an iconic venue for the city of Albury with rich history and modern facilities and services home to thoroughbred racing and a host of premium functions and events.

Only five minutes from the centre of Albury, the Albury Racing Club offers the ideal setting for your next event or social occasion.

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The Inland Sea of Sound Festival

February 28-29 2020

A major festival of music, arts and culture staged in the iconic location of Wahluu – Mount Panorama. The festival will bring together some of Australia's most prominent artists during the two-day music feast.

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Scott Podmore

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