Get ready for the energy and enthusiasm of Top Paddock, New Zealand’s flagship event for contemporary country music.


Top Paddock will be the headline event that kicks off the Tussock Country Music Festival, delivering a dynamic line-up of national country music stars.


The event is credited with creating a new country-pop/rock movement in New Zealand that gives fresh meaning to what 'country' looks and sounds like.  Get along to this lively event to hear the sounds of contemporary country music stars.

When: Saturday 27 May 2023, 6.00pm - 12 midnight 

Where: Gore Town & Country Stadium, 9 Bury Street, Gore



Early bird $79pp + booking fee

General Admission $89pp + booking fee

VIP* $149pp + booking fee

Tickets go on sale at in early 2023.


*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!

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Direen Hails from New Zealand and is signed to Australian record label ABC Music and Universal Music. Since she began releasing music and touring (2011), Direen has achieved numerous Top 10 singles throughout Australasia. Direens third album "Shake Up" won the prestigious Tui Award for Best Country Album 2017 at the Vodafone NZMA’s. She has completed two Australian tours with The Wolfe Brothers and has performed alongside many of country music’s greats at Australasia’s biggest Country Music Festival; CMC Rocks for four consecutive years. Direen has supported Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, LeAnn Rimes & Scotty McCreery on their New Zealand tours. Direen is set to release her fourth studio album this year after touring with Australia’s first ever C2C Festival alongside Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, The Midland and more.



Born and raised in Timaru, New Zealand 2015 CMANZ Male Artist of the year Cam Scott is returning to the main stage after a three year break from recording. Dubbed a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, Scott paves a generational shift in country music, blending rock and roll with country-pop.

Since debuting his recording career in late 2014 with summer country-pop track, SOMETHIN BOUT A GIRL, Scott has performed twice at CMC Rocks QLD (alongside, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Alden & Kelsea Ballerini), Tamworth Country Music Festival (alongside Morgan Evans), headlined & performed at the iconic Middlemarch Singles Ball, Lincoln Barn Party & Lincoln Garden Party.

In September 2015, Scott released his second studio single, PRAYIN RAIN, this took a different direction into a more rock-driven, heart-ache ballad which showcased his natural vocal talent.

Scott comes with a credible list of accolades winning the NZ 2015 CMANZ Male Artist of the year, 2013 NCMA Horizon Award and 2012 CCMA ‘Aristocrat Male Entertainer of the Year’. Scott brings a high energy, engaging performance to all his live shows exhibiting his music along with covers from the best contemporary country/rock artists.



2019 Recorded Music Tui winner for Country Artist of the Year, Jenny Mitchell is a songwriter that blends alt-country, folk, and Americana into her own captivating style.

Jenny's new album Wildfires proves that she is an artist who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd and create music that follows no trends or genre expectations. After months of crowdfunding and years of writing, Wildfires

hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Alternative Charts and #4 on the Official NZ Music Charts within the week of it's release and went on to be nominated for the 2020 Australian Golden Guitar award for Alt-Country album of the year. 

In the past 18 months, Jenny has toured through the Southern coast of Sweden, dozens of cozy Irish pubs, Australian cities and towns and throughout NZ. With songs wrapped in wisdom and wit, Wildfires will take each listener through a journey of the bittersweet tang of leaving home, the fragility of first love and the importance of family.



Former X factor NZ finalist and Toyota Starmaker finalist Hannah May is a country pop singer songwriter who has just returned home after 2 years performing and making music in Brisbane Australia. Hannah May had her start when she placed 7th in the 2015 season of the X Factor NZ as part of country duo Mae Valley. The pair released 3 hit country singles and an EP through SONY NZ following it up with a headlining tour. She also opened for artists such as KELSEA BALLERINI, KEITH URBAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD performing to a crowd of 10,000 at Wellington, NZ’s Westpac Stadium.

Now a solo artist, Hannah May has began paving her way in the New Zealand and Australian music scene with the independent release of her debut single 'Passenger Seat' which caught the ears of many, scoring worldwide radio play and a number of Spotify streams. She then went on to write and release two new singles during the 2020 pandemic. Her bold and edge track 'Pretty Girl' gained her over 30,000 streams, radio play across Australia and New Zealand and was reviewed by a number of music blogs. She followed this with her latest single ‘Lay Me Down’ a playful love anthem with strong country and pop roots.



Born and raised in the deep south of New Zealand, Arun O’Connor has been heavily involved in the local music scene for the past 15 years mostly performing as a session musician and musical director for established international country artists such as Jody Direen, Kayla Mahon, Susanne Prentice, Tom Sharplin and The Heartleys as well as fronting for local cover and tribute bands.

O’Connor has fast garnered a reputation as one of the most talented musicians to work within NZ and with a voice that will stop you in your tracks it would be fair to liken him to 22 times grammy award winner Vince Gill.

O’Connor took out the 2018 NZ Gold Guitar Awards Senior Overall Award as well as the Open Vocal Group, Senior Male Vocal, Senior NZ Song and New Country Category Awards. He is a three time nominee for Southland Entertainer of the Year and won the 2018 Southland Musician Of The Year Award.

In 2019 O’Connor released his Debut single Following The Line which hit #2 on the NZ iTunes Country Charts, #3 on the NZ iTunes Overall Charts and #11 on the Official NZ Music NZ Hot New Singles Charts. His second single “Let Go Of My Heart” was released on November 8th and went straight to #1 on the NZ iTunes Country Charts and #3 on the Overall Charts. O’Connor is due to release his 3rd single “Walk Away” this year.



Jaydin Shingleton is in the midst of a musical whirlwind, holding the title of Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year and Gold Guitar over-all winner 2019. Shingleton’s vocal ability and energy combined on stage is mind-blowing.