Tussock Country Music Festival

Tussock Country Music Festival

Tussock Country Music Festival

Get along to New Zealand’s first-ever national Tussock Country Music Festival in Gore, New Zealand, in May 2020. 

Building on a 47-year tradition of annual country music celebrations in Gore. “Tussock Country represents a new energized era for the national country music scene. We’re looking forward to a lively gathering of musicians and audiences from across New Zealand and beyond for our first Tussock Country Music Festival in May 2020," says Festival Trust chair Jeff Rea.

This 9-day extravaganza features the opportunity to compete in the NZ MLT Gold Guitar Awards, join in the Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking competition, participate in performance workshops and enjoy professional concerts, alongside an array of other engaging events.

Strut your stuff at the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards or the NZ Country Music Awards. Relax and listen to great music and catch up with old friends. There'll be loads of talented emerging and well-known artists to enjoy, together with a host of other lively, country music activities, including music workshops and country-themed events.

Full line-up will be announced in early February when tickets come on sale. Meantime check out the website for a list of confirmed events and join us on Facebook and Instagram. There's something for everyone - so get ready for great music and good times - we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Register now to enter the MLT NZ Gold Guitar AwardsNZ Country Music AwardsFreeze Ya Bits Off Busking and Gore Country Music Queen.

Embrace the opportunity to compete in these well-established, premium country music events. Soak up the experience of performing live in front of an appreciative audience and make a name for yourself.



Will be held from 29 – 31 May 2020. This is the 47th year of the Awards which are New Zealand’s longest running prestigious country music talent quest available to both professional and amateur artists. This is an event for all ages that profiles some of New Zealand’s outstanding upcoming talent.

“The MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards are proud to be part of the Tussock Country Music Festival which commences on the 23 May 2020 in Gore, says Convenor Philip Geary. “We are looking forward to a strong event with more people planning to visit Gore and enter the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards than in 2019.” In 2019 the event had over 800 entries.

Planning is well underway with backing bands confirmed, judges appointed, and venues secured. Entries are now open and available online at www.goldguitars.co.nz . Entries close Friday April 3, 2020.

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