16 Jan 2010

Tamworth festival under way

3:59 pm on 16 January 2010

The 38th annual Tamworth Country Music Festival is under way in north-west New South Wales.

The festival began on Friday with a free concert featuring a line-up of Australian country music talent, including Tanya Kernaghan, the sister of country music star Lee Kernaghan.

Organisers said around 5000 people had turned out for the event. Some were locals, while others had travelled from the other side of Australia.

For some, it was their first visit to Tamworth, while others had been had been coming for years.

The ABC reports the festival runs for 10 days and will feature around 2500 performances, a parade and the country music awards.