The Tamworth Country Music Festival is an annual music festival in January held in Tamworth, New South Wales and
is a celebration of country music culture and heritage in particular the national Australian
country music scene, with numerous concerts and live performances at various venues. The festival lasts for two weeks over Australia Day and during this period
the city of Tamworth comes alive, with visitors from all across the country and worldwide who come to join in the festivities. The festival has many times been counted among the world's top ten music
festivals. In 2007 Forbes rated it as number 8 of the World's Coolest Music Festivals. The
enormous number of visitors during the bash doubles the city's population and brings significant tourism and economic benefits to the region. Visitor numbers
for the 2012 festival were estimated at 50,000.
The mass number of visitors means that accommodation throughout the area is consistently booked out for this period up to 12 months in advance, with many visitors camping in caravans, camper vans and tents
by the city's riverside and numerous other temporary camping sites throughout the region. The festival is the second biggest country music festival in the world, after Nashville.