FOR the past 46 years Tamworth's population has more than doubled in size as country music fans swarm into the city to watch their favourite acts perform.
From the buskers on Peel St to the stars and their golden guitars - there is no denying that in January Tamworth has a country music atmosphere like no other.
Like the four women on our magazine cover photo, the careers of Aleyce Simmonds, Fanny Lumsden, Kasey Chambers and Ashleigh Dallas all started as a dream. In late November last year they found themselves together as finalists for the 2018 Female Artist of the Year Golden Guitar Award.
The festival really is the place where stars are born.
Welcome, and thanks for joining the party.
Consider this your go-to guide for all your festival action and no matter where you are in our city, there'll be a gig, a competition or a meet-and-greet.
We feature exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, bringing bringing you their thoughts and feelings on Tamworth and the big gigs you'll need to get tickets for.
You'll also find our top tips for gigs on each day of the event and a look at how our festival spreads beyond Tamworth to the wider district.
And let’s not forget some pages at the back of the guide for you to collect the best momento - autographs of your favourites.
You'll also find an own extensive gig guide, which is tipped to be the most comprehensive gig guide to date thanks to Country Music Capitol News.
But it doesn't end there. Join us every day for extensive rolling coverage via The Northern Daily Leader online at northerndailyleader.com.au, through out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and in print.
Enjoy your festival.
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