50th Toyota Country Music Festival Hosts Talent Discovery Tour | Glen Innes Examiner


Talented young singers will have the chance to shine at the “Golden Gig” in Glen Innes this Friday.

Newcomers to the Australian country music scene will be at the center of the 50th Toyota Country Music Festival (TCMF) in January 2022.

The Golden Gig is a new quest for talent for young people, giving these 17 and under a chance to perform and shine at TCMF.

To celebrate the new partnership with McDonald’s Australia and the launch of the Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s, TCMF is hitting the road for a regional giveaways and awards tour.

Local youth will have the chance to perform and shine, providing an opportunity for emerging country music artists to show off their talent and kick off their musical journey in Tamworth.

TCMF Director Barry Harley said this new search for talent is aimed at nurturing young talent in the industry and encouraging them to develop their skills and interest.

“The love of music and singing often starts young. We have a lot of talented young people and we want to provide a platform to launch their careers in country music,” he said.

A stage dedicated to the Macca will be set up in the “family zone” on Kable Avenue, with the grand finale of the Golden Gig to be held on Saturday January 23 at 11am.

There will be two categories of competition. One will be dedicated to artists 12 and under, while the other will be dedicated to 13 to 17 year olds.

There will also be thousands of dollars in prizes to be won, with winners in each age group coming away with tools to help them further develop their musical skills.

“There are phenomenal prizes to be won, with the winner of the 13-17 age group securing a place at the Country Music Association of Australia’s Junior Academy valued at $ 3,000,” said Mr. Harley .

In addition, the winners in each category will have the choice of winning an electro-acoustic guitar, digital piano, interface or electronic drums, courtesy of Yamaha.

Auditions will be held at McDonald’s stores across the district, including Armidale, on Wednesday, December 15 from noon to 1 p.m., and Friday, December 17 at McDonald’s Glen Innes from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and in Inverell from 1 to 2 p.m.

In addition to the Golden Gig, McDonald’s will also feature local farmers who supply Macca’s, as well as local franchisees.


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