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Shae Killey3 years ago

Get your country music fix with some great live acts

Running from the 2nd to the 5th of July, make your way to Tamworth for the 2015 Hats Off to Country festival. This popular country music celebration is in its 15th year and the lineup is stronger than ever. Featuring the likes of Beccy Cole, Alann Caswell and Buddy Goode - plus over a 100 more acts, you're guaranteed 4 action-packed days and nights of world-class live performances. Tamworth is the country music capital of Australia, and as such the whole community buzzes during this time of year. What are you waiting for? Get down to Tamworth for the Hats Off To Country festival this year.

If you’re planning on heading to the Hats Off To Country Tamworth 2015 festival, we’ve got the perfect gig guide plus a Tamworth cafe and restaurant you can visit along the way.

Hats Off To Country Tamworth 2015 gig guide

While it’s impossible to see all the acts, we’ve highlighted a few must-see performances that you’ll need to make time for.


Start your day by getting a country music history lesson at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame at its long-awaited re-opening at 10am. From there, head to Tamworth Shoppingworld at 1pm where you’ll get to see Don Costa (free). After that performance, relax with some lunch before heading to see Dan Murphy at the South Tamworth Bowling Club at 6pm (free).


On Friday, we suggest sleeping in a bit and resting up for a big night of free live music (and few drinks) at the Tudor Hotel. The night starts with Allison Forbes at 5pm, and will finish with a bang as One Non-Blonde performs at 8:30pm.


Saturday is all about live country music at the Oasis Hotel Motel. Starting at 1pm, you’ll be treated to the best-of-the-best in live country music throughout the entire day – including Trevor Coombes, Ged and Trudy Wintz, Wayne Elliot, Those Gals, Christina George and Jonny Taylor. Just be sure to make your way to West Tamworth Leagues Club before 8pm, so you can enjoy festival headliner Beccy Cole (tickets required).


We suggest finishing off your festival at the South Tamworth Bowling Club, by treating yourself to a couple of unforgettable showcases. Starting at 11am with the CCMA’s all-women salute to Anne Kirkpatrick and finishing off with a retreat showcase at 4pm – featuring over 11 talented artists and a complimentary barbeque (tickets required).

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Spare time?

If you’ve managed to squeeze in some spare time between the huge range of live country music acts, be sure to visit this these popular Tamworth eateries.

Cafe Vivaldi

Beautiful morning pick-me-ups, Cafe Vivaldi - Tamworth
Beautiful morning pick-me-ups, Cafe Vivaldi – Tamworth

If you’re going to get through a day of dancing to live music, fuel up with a caffeine hit from Cafe Vivaldi. Located in the heart of Tamworth, take a seat in this relaxing cafe and let one of the talented baristas pour you a perfect cup of Caffe Vergano coffee. You can complement this with a range of delectable sweats and treats or order something more wholesome. If you’re after an affordable breakfast experience, with friendly staff and a great atmosphere, stop off at Cafe Vivaldi while you’re staying in Tamworth.
Where: 390 Peel Street Tamworth NSW

SSS BBQ Barns Tamworth

A selection of succulent meats, SSS BBQ Barns Tamworth - Tamworth
A selection of succulent meats, SSS BBQ Barns Tamworth – Tamworth

If you’re looking for a country-style cook up while you’re in Tamworth, look no further than SSS BBQ Barns Tamworth. While there’s a variety of juicy flame-grilled steaks on offer, we suggest ordering their signature succulent pork ribs, which will have you in a meat-induced coma. Be sure to wash it all down with a selection of beer, wine and spirits from the bar, which also serves free popcorn. Bringing the kids? There’s a range of more affordable options that’ll be sure to satisfy their hunger cravings. What better way to complement the Hats Off to Country 2015 festival than with a steakhouse feed from the friendly team at SSS BBQ Barns Tamworth!
Where: Craigends Ln Tamworth NSW

Are you heading to the Hats Off To Country 2015 festival? Let us know who you will be seeing in the comments below!