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PRESS RELEASE: 09 March 2023

Writers Of Songs Celebrated At New Look Awards

Songwriting stars from around the globe are once again set to descend the red carpet at Gore's St James Theatre this winter, hoping to claim two of the music industry's most coveted crowns. 

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STUFF ARTICLE: 16 February 2023

Tussock Country Festival Announces International Artists In Line Up

If you want to learn how to make cheese rolls, line dance, yodel or play the ukelele, Gore is the place to be in May for the Bayleys Tussock Country festival.

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PRESS RELEASE: 30 November 2022

Bayleys Is Backing Tussock Country 

Realtor group Bayleys has signed on as naming rights sponsor for Bayleys Tussock Country – New Zealand’s Country Music Festival.

A talented young musician performs during Tussock Country's Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking com

PRESS RELEASE: 1 February 2022

Tussock Country 2022 Still On Track Despite Omicron

Tussock Country Music Festival organisers met on Monday evening and unanimously decided to continue preparations for the upcoming event, scheduled to be held in Gore in late May and early June of this year.   



TITLE: Be Part of Tussock Country – Trustees Wanted

Want to be an integral part of the excitement of Tussock Country NZ’s Country Music Festival 2021?

The New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust wants additional trustees with proven governance experience to join its Board of Trustees.


PRESS RELEASE: 17 March 2020


Given the ongoing response to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust has made the difficult decision to cancel the Tussock Country Music Festival 2020 – this includes all events within the official event guide ...


PRESS RELEASE: 28 February 2020


FANNY LUMSDEN (AU), JODY DIREEN, Cam Scott, Jenny Mitchell, Arun O'Connor, Jaydin Shingleton

Organizers are preparing for a huge and successful event with Fanny Lumsden from Australia co-headlining alongside Kiwi pop-country star Jody Direen. Sharing the stage will be Cam Scott, Jenny Mitchell, Jaydin Shingleton and Arun O’Connor.  With 6+ hours of live music and one mega stage fans of all ages can expect one 'helluva party' with a mix of exceptional original and cover music ...



TITLE: Tickets On Sale Now at

Early bird $79pp + booking fee

VIP $149pp + booking fee

VIP ticket includes: Exclusive VIP parking; VIP pick up and drop off; Exclusive VIP area with tables and seating available; Direct access to front of stage & great stage views; Exclusive VIP bar offering a selection of quality wine, beer and spirits ; VIP Artist hang-out & photo opportunities; Exclusive VIP restrooms; Nibbles on arrival; Shuttle service to hotel and motels within the Gore area; Chance to WIN one of 6 backstage passes so you can watch your favourite acts from side stage!


PRESS RELEASE: 21 February 2020

TITLE: Exciting Times as Top Paddock Music Festival Joins Tussock Country

The successful Top Paddock Music Festival will be a headline event at the new national Tussock Country Music Festival.

The opportunity to incorporate Top Paddock into the wider Tussock Country Music Festival event is tremendously exciting, says Tussock Country Music Festival Trust chair Jeff Rea ...


PRESS RELEASE: 17 February 2020

TITLE: The Topp Twins join Tussock Country

New Zealand’s well-loved national treasures Jools and Lynda Topp are heading to Tussock Country Music Festival and will perform at the SBS St James Theatre on Friday, 29 May 2020. Topp Twins will bring their original style of merriment, mayhem and mirth to the festival. The Gore’s country hills will be alive with the sound of laughter! Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons NZ’s favorite twin sisters ...


PRESS RELEASE: 12 February 2020

TITLE: Brush Up Your Ute and Dog for the First-ever GWD Toyota Hokonui Ute Muster

Grab your ute and dog and head along with your mates to the first-ever GWD Toyota Hokonui Ute Muster at the Tussock Country Music Festival in Gore in May.

“Traditionally pick-up trucks and country music go together. This event is styled on the ute muster tradition in rural Australia and the United States ...


PRESS RELEASE: 20 December 2019

TITLE: First-ever Tussock Country Music Festival in 2020

Gore’s traditional country music celebrations at Queen’s Birthday weekend are set to go up another notch, as familiar and new events are brought together in a new national Tussock Country Music Festival.

The brainchild of the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust, the Tussock Country Music Festival concept was unveiled in Gore this evening (Thursday 19 December) at a special event for trustees and stakeholders ...


PRESS RELEASE: 16 December 2019

TITLE: 2020 New Zealand Country Music Festival 23 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

For many years at Queen’s Birthday weekend in Gore there has been a festive feeling as country musicians and followers have come together to celebrate country music.

Now key events organisations – the Gore Country Music Club, NZ Songwriters Trust, NZ Gold Guitar Committee and the Gore District Council - have come together to form a New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust ....

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