Hayley Marsten goes to the Golden Guitar Awards every year she comes to Tamworth, but will be different this year.
Martsen's debut album, Spectacular Heartbreak, is a finalist for Alt Country Album of the Year, which she described as very cool, weird and exciting.
"It's always a great night and always makes me feel proud to be part of the industry, and now to be nominated is really, really special, especially for this album."
The Queensland artist was in Sydney late last year when the finalists for the 2020 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards were announced at The Seymour Centre.
"Brad Butcher was announced as the first nominee, and I turned to someone to say 'that's really great, Brad's my friend, this is really good', then I turned back to the screen and saw my face and heard my song.
"My brain couldn't really compute it properly. Then when it did, I just burst into tears.
"It was very, very strange, in all of the best ways."
Spectacular Heartbreak was released at the end of August last year following a crowdfunding campaign that saw Marsten sell 275 copies of the album before it was recorded.
Marsten has been coming to the festival for five years, first attending in 2016 when she went to the Academy of Country Music and was a finalist in Toyota Star Maker.
She has had a busy festival, making appearances at The Albert Hotel, FanZone, Capitol Theatre and the 'Write Like A Girl' showcase at the Tudor Hotel on the first weekend of the festival.
She will be back at the Tudor for another Write Like a Girl showcase on Friday, followed by a gig with The Buckleys at The Pub on Friday evening, then The Press, ahead of Saturday's Golden Guitar Awards.