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STATEMENT FROM ORGANISERS: "Given the ongoing response to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust has made the difficult decision to cancel the Tussock Country Music Festival 2020 – this includes all events within the official event guide."

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Get amongst one of the biggest country music events in NZ!

Key events organisations – the Gore Country Music Club, NZ Songwriters Trust, NZ Gold Guitar Committee and the Gore District Council - have formed a New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust in July 2019.

“Forming the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust is an exciting step in building on what is already happening over the week of Queen's Birthday. Since 1976 Gore has been known as the Capital of Country Music, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time each year goes into running the activities and the latest economic survey completed by Gore District attributes approximately 1 million dollars of return to the district.  This is a significant event that Gore residents can be proud of” say Trust Chairperson Jeff Rea.



Tussock Country Music Festival has a range of awesome event for everyone, these include:

  • GWD Toyota Hokonui Ute Muster
  • Kids Gone Country
  • Legends of the Hokonui's
  • Gore Country Music Queen
  • The Topp Twins
  • And much, much more

For an overview of all the events, click here



You can purchase tickets for the individual events by clicking the button below.

Some events are free of charge!



Certified Self Contained Motorhome & Caravan Parking

Book in to stay for the festivities at the Gore A&P Showgrounds (Campgrounds).

The Gore Agricultural & Pastoral Showgrounds is located in Bury St, just off State Highway 1 at the south end of Gore. Here you will find an extremely neat park-like setting on 11.2 hectares of land. The Gore Town & Country Club, Gore Multi-sports Centre, all-weather hockey turf and the town centre are all close by. 

Further details call Bevin on 027 644 9909 or email bevroynz@yahoo.co.nz, but no bookings required for non-powered sites.

Prices: $5.00 pn/pv for non-powered sites, and $10 pn/pv for powered sites. Toilet and shower facilities available.