STATE Tourism Minister George Souris is encouraging music lovers and tourists to head to Tamworth to experience and enjoy the 41st Tamworth Country Music Festival.
In a media release yesterday, Mr Souris, who is also the member for the Upper Hunter, an electorate that covers shires including Cessnock, Singleton, Scone, Murrurundi, Wallabadah, Willow Tree and Quirindi, said more than 400 artists would perform at more than 80 venues across the festival.
“The Tamworth Country Music Festival is a major event, featuring many of the nation’s top country performers and emerging stars of country music. Now in its 41st year, it continues to grow in popularity and reach audiences across Australia and around the world,” Mr Souris said.
He said the festival provided a major economic boost to the region.
Tamworth Nationals MP Kevin Anderson shared some festival words on the Souris release, saying fans could find plenty of free music everywhere around town.
“In 2011, the Tamworth Country Music Festival injected more than $20 million into the state’s economy and the local region. Country music fans travelled from across Australia and the world to experience the festival, with the majority of festivalgoers (76 per cent) staying for 10 nights or longer,” Mr Anderson said.
Mr Souris said state-funded body Destination NSW had again invested in the Tamworth Country Music Festival.