- 2008 Road to Tamworth
- Hunter Valley Gardens - Heat 1
- Scroll down for all Road to
Tamworth heat dates
Festival fever hits with promising talent on
Tamworth, 3 July 2007:
With the promise of Adam Harvey, Aleyce Simmonds, Nick Kingswell,
Brianna Lee, Morgan Evans, Jessica Mauboy, Kirsty Lee Akers and a
swag of hopeful competitors on offer, last Saturday (30th June 2007)
Tourism Tamworth packed up the colourful corporate vehicle and head
south to support and take in the excitement of the first heat of the
Telstra Road to Tamworth (TRTT).
With over 1,200 country music fans gathered at the Hunter Valley
Gardens (Pokolbin), the show featured the headlining stars that
delivered high energy performances to inspire the hopefuls what
could await them if they take out the overall crown.
The event officially marked the first activity in the lead up to the
January 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival, presented by Telstra.
Tourism Tamworth’s presence was to chat to potential festival
visitors, distribute Festival Information Guides and represent
Tamworth’s support of the auspicious competition that provides a
launching pad and education for emerging artists.
Taking to the stage one by one, the thirteen competitors at the HEAT
1 TRTT event used their opportunity to present 2 songs to the crowd
of country music aficionado’s and await their rapturous applause and
the judges scores.
Walking away the overall winner for HEAT 1, $1000 richer and
securing his place at the Final series included at the 2008 Tamworth
Country Music Festival, presented by Telstra was Newcastle local,
Mark Wells. The young Novocastrian will now spend the next 6 months
preparing for the finals and the chance to be awarded the ultimate
prize - an all expenses paid return trip to Nashville, a full album
deal with ABC Music, distributed by Warner Music Australia and the
crown of 2008 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner.
In his heat, Wells sang “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad)” by Ryan Adams
and a self penned number “Be Your Lover”. He wowed the 1,200-strong
crowd with his confident and enthusiastic style and said later he
tries to deliver strong songs and entertaining performances. ”I
really didn’t know what to expect and was surprised at how warm and
friendly the crowd was. I still can’t believe I won – I was
literally blown away by the other contestants,” Wells said.
Multi-Golden Guitar award winner and 2008 Telstra Road to Tamworth
Ambassador, Adam Harvey said Wells is now within reach of achieving
his musical dream. “It is every aspiring artists dream to record an
album and perform at Nashville and thanks to Telstra; we are
traveling the country to find the next Australian country music
star. Opportunities like this don’t present themselves every day,”
Industry professionals, ABC Radio Newcastle presenter, Madeleine
Randall, Rob Potts, CEO of country music promotion company
Entertainment Edge, and Greg Swain, National Sponsorship Manager,
Telstra were the judges of Saturday’s event.
A second prize is also on offer with an additional trip to
Nashville, the Telstra Road to Tamworth Songwriters Award is also on
offer with the winner afforded a number of songwriting appointments
with some of the industry’s best. All 20 heat winners receive $1,000
to assist their travel to the Finals series held during the 2008
Tamworth Country Music Festival presented by Telstra, the largest
country music festival in Australia.
From these 20 heat winners, the top eight contestants will receive
an MP3 player and progress through to the Grand Final Series
showcase, where contestants will perform in front of a live audience
including a judging panel of high profile industry heavyweights.
“What an amazing event! We (Tourism Tamworth) are so grateful to
Telstra for allowing us to be involved. Their Telstra Road to
Tamworth heats reach fans that our advertising budget doesn’t
stretch too, it’s a unique opportunity for us to promote the
Festival and meet and speak directly with potential visitors to
Tamworth “, said David Woodward, Tourism Tamworth Marketing Manager.
For further information about the Telstra Road to Tamworth log onto
For more information or details regarding the 2008 Tamworth Country
Music Festival presented by Telstra contact Tourism Tamworth on 02
6767 5300 or log-onto
The overall Telstra Road to Tamworth, winner
An album with ABC Music and distributed by Warner Music
The opportunity to record with a leading Nashville producer;
A return economy airfare to Nashville, USA with living and
A performance on the River Stage at CMA Music Festival in Nashville;
A performance at the Global Artist Showcase at CMA Music Festival in
Publicity of their visit and performances in Nashville by leading PR
Two Passes to CMA Music Festival 2008 in Nashville;
One year’s Sterling Membership to CMA America;
A video clip produced by Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and played on
the Country Music Channel shown on Austar and Foxtel pay TV;
12 months exclusive management and agency representation plus 12
paid professional live performances through leading Live
Entertainment company, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge;
A Maton ECW80C acoustic guitar, including case, fitted with AP5
A professional photo shoot with stylist to the value of $1,500
organised through Rob Potts Entertainment Edge.
For more information on heat locations and how to enter the 2008
Telstra Road to Tamworth please visit
30th June 2007
The judges -- Greg Swain - Madeleine Randall - Rob Potts.
Adam Harvey (r)
Kirsty Lee Akers
Nick Kingswell and Band
Jake Nickolai and Nick
Darren Carr & Mark Wells The Winner of the first heat of the 2008
Road to Tamworth.
Mark Wells (eventual winner)
Telstra Road To Tamworth 2008 Dates
Telstra Road to Tamworth 2008
kicks off in June
The 2008 Telstra Road to Tamworth country music talent
competition will kick off on Saturday June 30 in the NSW Hunter
Valley with a star studded concert to mark the first competition
Telstra Road to Tamworth is a national competition which has been
providing an outlet for aspiring country music stars since its
inception in 2004. The competition traverses the nation with heats
in various regional locations throughout the year, culminating with
the grand final series at the annual Tamworth Country Music
The 2007 winner Morgan Evans from Newcastle heads to Nashville in
June as part of his prize package to record a single with SonyBMG
and perform at the CMA Country Music Festival.
Twenty heats will be held for the 2008 competition in various
regional locations across the nation.
This year’s program will see several changes reflecting the growing
importance of the competition to the Australian country music
industry. Full details will be announced next month.
Following are heat details
1 – Saturday June 30 – Hunter Valley Gardens "Village Green"
Open to enter
2 – Saturday July 7 – Rupertswood Horse Club- Townsville - Qld
3 – Saturday July 14 – Penrith RSL - Auditorium - NSW
4 – Sunday July 22 – Rockhampton Leagues Club - Qld
5 – Friday July 27 – Launceston Country Club - Tas
6 – Sunday August 5 – Shepparton RSL - Vic
7 – Saturday August 11 – SkyCity Casino - Darwin - NT
8 – Saturday August 18 – Bairnsdale RSL - Vic
9 – Saturday September 1 – Shellharbour Workers - NSW
10 – Sunday September 9 – St Arnaud Sports Club - Vic
11 – Sunday September 16 – Brothers League Club Cairns - Qld
12 – Saturday September 22 – Woodchoppers Inn Mudgeeraba - Qld
13 – Sunday September 30 – Harvey Dickson CM Festival - WA
14 – Saturday October 6 – Floriade 2007 presented by Australian
Capital Tourism -
Stage 88 Commonwealth Park Canberra - ACT
15 – Saturday October 13 – Bathurst Panthers League Club - NSW
16 – Saturday October 20 – Rochford Winery Yarra Valley - Vic
17 – Saturday October 27 – TCW Inverell Saphire City Festival - NSW
18 – Saturday November 10 – Dalby RSL - Qld
19 – Saturday November 17 – Melrose Showgrounds - Melrose SA
20 – Saturday November 24 – Kinross Woolshed Albury - NSW
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