2020 brings bigger and brighter country music celebrations

If you’re a country musician or fan, then listen up — 2020 will be bigger and brighter than ever.

There’s always been a lively, festive feeling to Gore’s traditional country music celebrations at Queen’s Birthday weekend when musicians and followers come together to sing, strum and clap.

Now it is set to go up another notch, as familiar and new events are brought together under the umbrella of the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust.

Key events organisations — the Gore Country Music Club, the NZ Songwriters’ Trust, the NZ Gold Guitar Committee and the Gore District Council — have joined forces to form the Trust.

Its aim is to increase the profile of Gore and country music, and of New Zealand’s outstanding country music artists. Its trustees are Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks, Philip Geary, Barbara MacKay, Julie Mitchell, Jeff Rea (chairman), and Bronwyn Reid.

“Forming the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust is an exciting step in building on what is already happening,” says Jeff.

“Since 1976, Gore has been known as the Capital of Country Music.

“More than 100,000 hours of volunteer time each year goes into running the activities, and the latest economic survey completed by Gore District Council attributes approximately $1 million of return to the District.  This is a significant event Gore residents can be proud of.”

In 2020 the New Zealand Country Music Festival celebration will run for eight days from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May. There’ll be great events for both Southlanders and visitors to enjoy, including some exciting new events that will be announced shortly.

“So, if you’re a country musician or fan, get yourself ready for an extra splash at next year’s country music celebrations,” says Jeff.

For performers, event registrations open in January. Ticket sales to attend events open in early February.



2020 brings bigger and brighter country music celebrations