EXCITEMENT for the 42nd Tamworth Country Music Festival is building, with the artists’ banners up and only 30 days to go.
Tamworth Regional Council workers finished installing more than 90 banners last night, including 54 with artists’ photos on them, including Kootingal’s Allison Forbes.
Her banner is on Kable Ave, near the corner of Bridge St.
“I was on Bridge St last year and in another great place this year,” she said.
“I’m proud to be up there, proud to be from Tamworth and that they want to put me up there.”
The singer-songwriter said it felt a bit strange to see herself up on the banner, looking at her own face hanging in the street.
“I’m in really good company up there,” she said.
“You get nearly two months of publicity and people have already been tagging me on Facebook.”
Artists who are not Country Music Awards of Australia finalists each pay $200 for their banner.
Other faces include Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Luke O’Shea, Sara Storer, Aleyce Simmonds, Lachlan Bryan and Morgan Evans.
Banners are on Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Ebsworth St, Bridge St, Kable Ave and Brisbane St.
Each year Tamworth Regional Council’s festival team aims to achieve a good mix of artist and branded banners across the city.
Festival manager Gavin Flanagan said there was more interest than usual shown from artists requesting a banner for 2014.
“It’s great promotion for the artists, with banners on display for about six weeks,” he said.
“Once they go up it’s a signal the festival is just around the corner and starts to build the great atmosphere our festival is known for.”