With a week before the doors open, this year’s edition of the Tamworth Country Music Festival has been postponed, with organizers citing New South Wales’ new COVID-19 security measures.
The ten-day event was originally scheduled to start next Friday (January 14) and end on Sunday January 23. It will now run over a shortened seven-day period from Monday April 18 through Sunday the 24th that it is now due to begin on the day of the end of Byron Bay Bluesfest (which runs April 14-18 of this year).
Despite the downsizing, festival director Barry Harley assured punters that this year’s edition of the festival will still feature “many of the same features” as its original route, including the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.
“We will continue to work diligently with government officials, festival players and the country music industry as we prepare to welcome artists, fans, employees, vendors and sponsorship partners to Tamworth. April of this year, “Harley said in a shared statement yesterday (Jan. 7).
Harley said taking a break from the event was “a difficult decision, but a necessary one,” especially since it was due to start in a few days. He continued, “Considering the current state of COVID transmission in our communities and the impact of the amended COVID security measures on our sites, this is the best decision for the health and safety of all. people involved – especially the Tamworth and country music community. “
The news makes 2022 the second year that the Tamworth Country Music Festival has been affected by the ongoing pandemic; in September 2020, Tamworth regional advisers voted to cancel the 2021 festival. Last October, Barry said that “regardless of any restrictions that may still be in place” the 2022 edition would take place.
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which first took place in 1972. In a press release shared last year, Harley said festival organizers had “huge celebrations planned. “to commemorate this event.
Ticket holders for shows slated to take place this month will be contacted directly, with another update on the status of the festival as a whole arriving next week.
Artists performing at the 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival include Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham (the latter of the Waifs), Fanny Lumsden, Brad Cox, Busby Marou and more.