Book that will help get the most out of the Tamworth Country Music Festival

The first deliveries of the Official 2013 Guide to the Tamworth country music festival have begun with the city’s tourist information centre getting them hot off the presses.

The publishers of the guide say the frontline agency for the festival is the Tamworth Visitors Centre who handle thousands of queries from fans all around the land about the festival – so arming them with the knowledge of every bit of info about it makes good sense.

The 2013 guide is again sponsored by Destination Tamworth and is a bumper issue with 268 pages highlighting new events and the official daily program for the festival.

Publisher and general manager for Rural Press Events Barry Harley said the daily program showcases 2443 events and activities to be staged over the official 10 days of the festival and the countdown period and features 463 artists who will be performing in 106 venues.

“Undoubtedly the most popular feature of the official guide is the exclusive A to Z Artist 

Directory, which is a treasured index for fans to follow their favorite artists’ concerts during the festival,” Mr Harley said.

“It includes where the artists are appearing, times and dates, as well as numerous artist photos and biographies. 

“Venue and venue map, the Tamworth town map, bus routes and timetable, country music points of interest and helpful visitor guide information to Country Music Capital and the district, are all in the guide.”

Mr Harley said the guide had come a long way since the first issue in 1975.

“That first one boasted eight pages, with the headline ‘Tamworth calls the tune’ along with a photo of Mr Hoedown, John Minson, resplendent in top hat promoting the then Australasian Country Music Awards sponsor Wrangler jeans,” he said.

“It contained a total of 11 scheduled events for the festival which included a barbecue at Mal Gardner’s place in Kootingal.”

Besides being a unique print issue for the past few years, the guide is now also online – with an app allowing visitors to access all the information they need on their smartphones.

In celebrating the 41st festival year, the guide also features historical facts and inside stories about the foundation events including the Country Music Awards of Australia, opening concert, Toyota Star Maker talent search, Hands of Fame, Roll of Renown, the new Toyota FanZone, the CCMA National Talent Quest and Jamboree, the Toyota cavalcade, plus new music product releases, artist CD launches.

“And there’s more about key events and new insightful stories into the famous festival.

Mr Harley said guide also includes a Capital News souvenir 20 track music CD reflecting the 41st festival year, valued at more than $25.

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