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Tamworth Country Music Festival’s Search For Budding Young Musicians

3 October 2022 | 2:09 pm | Mallory Arbour

The 2023 TCMF will run from 13-22 January

Lane Pittman

Lane Pittman (Image: via Facebook)

The nation’s next generation of stars will have an opportunity to kick start their musical journey at next year’s Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth with registrations now open for the Golden Gig, Sponsored by Macca’s talent competition.

In its second year, the young talent quest will be open to those 17 years and under, with contestants given the opportunity to perform on the Macca’s stage on Kable Avenue during the 51st Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2023.

Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley says the competition will provide a platform for young musicians to further their careers and learn from the best in the business.

“After a very successful inaugural year, we are so excited to once again have the Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s at the Festival,” said Harley. “This is a fantastic opportunity for those 17 years and under to gain performance experience, interact with other musicians and seek guidance on how to foster their skills and progress further in the industry.”

16-year-old Tamworth local, Lane Pittman was a finalist in this year’s Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s at the 50th Toyota Country Music Festival in April.

Since taking part in the competition Lane has gone onto successfully compete on The Voice Australia, as part of Team Keith Urban. He’s also recently been announced as the support act for American country music superstar, Luke Combs on his 2023 Australian and New Zealand tour.

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“The Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s has really kick-started my music career,” said Pittman. “It has put me in front of a lot of amazing people, including industry heavyweights and has led to a number of amazing opportunities in the past five-months.”


The 2023 Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s competition will see plenty of prizes up for grabs, with first place of the senior division (13 to 17 years) receiving a scholarship to the Country Music Association of Australia’s Junior Academy, valued at $3,300, while the winner of the 12 years and under division will walk away with $500 cash. Both winners will also receive additional prizes thanks to Yamaha and Capitol Music. Second and third place of each division will also receive cash prizes and a voucher from Capitol Music.

Diana Grosmann, Market Director (NSW & ACT), McDonald’s Australia, said, “As the largest employer of young people in the country, we are committed to supporting the next generation and setting them up for future success. We are proud to be able to shine a spotlight on the musical talents of young country artists from across Australia.”

The Golden Gig, sponsored by Macca’s is open to any musician 17 years and under. It is FREE to register for the competition, with those taking part invited to perform on the Macca’s Stage during the 2023 Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth, which will run from 13-22 January.

Anyone wishing to register can do so via the Toyota Country Music Festival website here.