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Here’s where you’ll find the nitty gritty on the festival structure, fees and application process.

Firstly, a bit about Tussock Country…


The festival encompasses events managed by the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust, the Gore Country Music Club, the NZ Songwriters Trust, the NZ Gold Guitar committee, the Gore District Council and many other independent artists and community organisations.


While country music is the cornerstone of the festival, all creative, musical, community and rural-centric events are welcomed and celebrated. 


The inaugural festival in 2021 encompassed 42 events over 9 days, and 2023 is set to host 60 plus events over 10 days – the growth is exhilarating and exciting!


Tussock Country acts as an umbrella brand encompassing and promoting the overall festival, however each event is required to be self-managed and self-funded.


There is no fee to list your festival event. The festival provides marketing support - free listings plus options to advertise in the festival booklet and on Tussock Country’s social media. The festival and its wide array of events are promoted throughout both NZ and Australia, attracting 10,000+ patrons to Eastern Southland annually.


In addition, the NZ Country Music Festival Trust can assist with online ticketing support, suitable venue and supplier recommendations plus all the local knowledge needed to put on a great show.


Think you’ve got an act, event or community activity that would tickle the fancy of Tussock Country patrons? Submit your idea including brief description, venue, date and ticket pricing info via email today!
Please note, due to the covid cancellation of Tussock Country 2022, this year’s line-up has been rolled over. It’s not too late to join the festival in 2023, however calendar gaps and event opportunities are now extremely limited.

If a self-funded event is a stretch too far just now, we strongly encourage you to explore other festival opportunities. If you’re a songwriter with unreleased songs, make sure you enter MLT Songwriting Awards for your chance to be one of the top 10 finalists performing at the festival’s gala evening. Perhaps it’s your year to enter the prestigious MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards or, if you’re keen to brave the cold, 2023 could be the year you enter the Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Competition.


Regardless of your involvement, we’d love you to stay connected to us via our digital channels and hope that you’ll keep an eye out for 2024 applications from October ‘23.


Timeline for Tussock Country 2023

  • November & December 2022: Event calendar finalised

  • January 2023: Individual event information, imagery and ticketing finalised

  • February 2023: Event calendar and ticket sales launched

  • May 26th – June 5th 2023: Tussock Country – New Zealand’s Country Music Festival

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