Country music artists on their way to Taranaki for the annual festival

Taranaki Country Music Festival organizer Jocelyn Tuahine says the Kahu Sisters have incredible harmony. Photo/ Provided

Country music artists are on their way to Taranaki for the annual country music festival next month.

The festival is in its fifth year and organizer Jocelyn Tuahine says it just keeps getting bigger.

The Country Music Festival, organized by Jocelyn and her husband George and their team, will feature over 40 artists, local and from across the country.

“It’s a celebration of New Zealand country music.”

Country enthusiasts, Jocelyn and George also run the Riverside Country Music Group.

“We love country music.”

Jocelyn says the three-day music festival is organized with the help of their team.

“They work so hard to keep the festival running smoothly.”

Jocelyn says it offers two showcases, filled with catchy tunes from talented artists.

“We have a showcase on Friday and Saturday nights. The Kahu sisters from Taupō perform, they have an awesome harmony. Ivan Broughton and En-Tranzet perform again, and Sally Burgess, originally from Nashville, also performs. The Friday night we have an Elvis impersonator performing, which will be entertaining.”

The country music festival is led by Roger Tibbs.

“Roger is a well-known New Zealand yodel. He’s taken a break from music, but he’s back and ready to play.”

In addition to enjoying the music, the audience has the opportunity to take the stage themselves.

“We have a number of open-mic sessions over the weekend. It’s a great opportunity for the audience to get up and try.”

Past events have sold out and Jocelyn says people need to get in quickly to secure their spot at the festival.

“We have four-day motorhome parking available at the school opposite the site. The money from the parking goes to the school.”

People must have a My Vaccine Pass to attend the event.

“There will be attendance sheets and wearing a mask is recommended.”

She says that with the move to Red, the committee has a back-up plan if the festival isn’t able to go ahead as planned.

“We will decide the week of the festival. If we are still in Red that week, the festival will be moved. If we are in Orange, it can still take place.”

The details:
What: Taranaki Country Music Festival.
When: February 18-20.
Where: Waitara War Memorial Hall.
Tickets: Weekend and day passes are available at www.taranakifestival.co.nz.
Other: RV parking for four days is available for the festival. Visit the website for more information.

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