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The Tussock Country Music Festival is a must-do for country music lovers from around the country and the world.

As New Zealand’s largest country music event, it's also a must for anyone who enjoys a party.

The fun-filled nine-day event is based on all things country from talented performers, busking, open mic nights, song-writing seminars, ute muster, kids’ competition, Gore Country Music Queen Gala crowning, music workshops and all topped off with fierce competition for New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.

Thousands converge on Gore for the annual festival, which brings a celebratory-like excitement to the town. There's plenty of time for visitors to get to know Gore as a destination and learn the stories behind its eclectic mix of giant statues, its cultural history, fly fishing, bootlegged spirits and of course, its passion for a country music tune.

The festival is held by The New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust, backed by the Gore Country Music Club, NZ Songwriters’ Trust, New Zealand Gold Guitar Committee and the Gore District Council.

Unlike many things within the District, the festival is only a new addition to Gore’s offerings, with the event first running in 2021, and the 2022 festival cancelled due to the COVID pandemic – but fear not, planning for the 2023 festival is well underway, with a fantastic line up of performers, events and workshops already locked in.

The 2023 Tussock Country Festival will run from 26 May to 5 June.

For more information check out www.tussockcountry.nz

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