TAMWORTH, as the home of Australian country music, must address the needs of artists, musicians and fans if it’s to justly deserve this title.
By regulating the busking we lost the atmosphere in Peel St. Try regulating how loud they play, but don’t refuse them the chance to perform. The fans will judge who they like.
We must also provide reasonably priced accommodation for our performers. The little money they make should not have to be spent on over-priced motels, caravan parks and food outlets. They need to leave with something in their pockets and a feeling that Tamworth has treated them with respect.
Our festival is a celebration of Australian music.
I hope Tamworth Regional Council realise that dumping a lot of money promoting American artists is wrong. If a private promoter wants to gamble their money on an overseas act then good luck to them.
Our festival will survive as long as we can define it. Let’s start with – “A great family holiday, a fun country music experience and if you’re a musician, a chance to win a title.”
Even if you only played on the street you can still say “I played in