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16th Buller Gorge Country Music Festival

Event & Parking: Westport Racecourse, 15 Derby Street Westport 2nd - 4th Feb '18

The festival has been going for 15 consecutive years and has featured many of New Zealands top country music artists.

16th Buller Gorge Country Music Festival   Fri 2nd through to 4th Feb 2018

Address: Westport Racecourse, 15 Derby Street Westport

Guest Artists include:

  • Sue Dyson
  • Laura Lowe
  • Robin Owen Cooper
  • Legal Tender
  • Jaydin Shingleton
  • John Bercoski
  • Alan Barron
  • Cav Clearwater


Sue Dyson
Sue born and raised in the Wairarapa, New Zealand, with family roots stretching back to Barraba in New South Wales. Sue learn't the values of hard work and dedication from an early age, which helped to fuel her ambitions as a recording artist.

Robin Owen Cooper
Robin began his involvement in the Country Music scene in the early 1990's at the Golden Valley Country Music awards. Having had success in various categories at a number of country music awards. Robin achieved overall winner at the Golden Valley Awards, he was invited to compete at the NZ Country Music Artist of the Year in Invercargill.

Legal Tender
The duo of Ian and Moira Campbell have been performing an eclectic mix of Rural/Folk  originals  and covers around New Zealand for more years than they care to remember. Frequent collaborators with various members of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and other well known kiwi musicians they have featured at numerous country/folk festivals and concerts.

Cav Clearwater
Cav Clearwater started his musical journey at the age of 13 when he got his first guitar and started vocal lessons. Over the past 11 years he has had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, TN on several occasions to work alongside musicians such as Dan Schafer (guitarist for Shania Twain), Melissa Ellen (vocal coach for Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20, Usher), Jerry Vandiver (song writer with hit songs for Lonestar, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town), and his band was the opening act for London based rock band I Am Giant. He continues to perform with UK & US recording artist Helen Henderson.

Laura Lowe
Laura Lowe is a 19 year old country singer/songwriter/musician from Nelson, New Zealand. Since a very young age, Laura has always had a passion for music and has attended Country Music Clubs around New Zealand.


Starting with walkups on Friday morning at 10.30am along with occasional appearances from featured artists the show will run continuously until approximately 4.30pm.

Saturday will follow a similar pattern from 10.30am until approximately 4.30pm at which time there will be a break until the evening showcase starting at 7.30pm The showcase will feature a number of award winning artists and will be a night to remember.

Beginning 10.30am Sunday with walkups the festival programme will conclude with a final showcase of selected walk up artists and featured artists to conclude the event.

After the conclusion of the programme each day and on Thursday evening we habitually let our hair down with a jam session or sessions enabling anyone to express themselves in a variety of different musical genres.

EVENT ADMISSION: $10.00 per day per person. TICKETS SOLD ONSITE

CSC PARKING: of motorhomes and caravans $5.00 per person, per day. Parking will be under the management of the organising team to optimize the use of the available space with health and safety of all a priority. Cash on arrival.

New location (changed 2017): Westport Racecourse, 15 Derby Street Westport

FOOD and beverages are available during the programme. FOOD & ALCOHOL may be consumed in the marquee but there will be no bar.  NO PETS may be brought into the marquee. All pets are the owners responsibility. Dogs must be kept on a lead and must be picked up after.

Event Contacts: Val Shingleton: v.shingleton@gmail.com Phone: 021 1904949; AJ Wilson: Phone: 021 704803 or Ray Armstrong: raemer@gmail.com Phone: 027 5102031


  • Ticketing: Public