Waitara Country Music Festival returns for fifth year

Jocelyn and George Tuahine are the organizers of the Taranaki Country Music Festival which is in its fifth year this Easter weekend.

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Jocelyn and George Tuahine are the organizers of the Taranaki Country Music Festival which is in its fifth year this Easter weekend.

More than 40 artists will take to the stage in Waitara this weekend for the fifth Taranaki Country Music Festival.

The three-day festival, held at the 500-capacity Waitara War Memorial Hall, was due to take place in February but due to Covid was pushed back to Easter weekend, from Friday at 2 p.m.

Organizers George and Jocelyn Tuahine also believed they would be limited to 200 attendees under the red light, but with the country turning orange earlier in the week it meant there would be more door-to-door sales available.

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“Tickets are $50 for the whole weekend or $35 just for Saturday and RV parking is available at Waitara Central School.

“The last four years have sold out.”

In 2018, the festival won the Event and Attraction Excellence Award at the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Jocelyn said the headliners will perform on Saturday night and will feature Raymond Solomon, the Kahu Sisters and Shane Clark.

There will also be open mic spots available for the public to try out material throughout the weekend.

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