Norfolk Island’s Country Music Festival

by Norfolk Island Escapes

Norfolk Island’s Country Music Festival happens every May and showcases some great talent from both New Zealand and Australia, but with a special Pacific Twist. The Country Music Association of Norfolk Island started it with volunteers who wanted to make country music a big thing on the island forming this association back in 1994.

Led by Gary Hamilton and Gayleen Snell, the festival saw its roots when the duo invited performers from Australia and New Zealand to perform on Norfolk Island. After that, it simply turned into an annual thing. Since then, friendships are constantly formed during the festival. Both marriage proposals and weddings have taken place during this festival, as well. Who would have thought that so many country music fans, who were willing to go all the way to Norfolk Island for a Country Music Festival actually existed?

A lot of people consider this festival to be the Bledsloe Cup of country music where amateurs from New Zealand and Australia have to battle it out in order to win the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award. After all, winning this award practically gives the ultimate winner a sure step into the country music scene since they will get some recording time along with a significant amount of money in the end.

A ton of great talent always abounds during the week of the Country Music Festival in Norfolk Island. In total, there are four main concerts, though there are various after-show jams, as well. Naturally, visitors are also given the chance to enjoy the peace and beauty that comes with Norfolk Island, in general, during the day. During lunchtime, they can also enjoy some fun and entertainment at the different venues that the island has to offer.

The feature shows include the Australian Showcase, the New Zealand Showcase, and the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Awards. While the shows of the festival do not actually start until nighttime, they are definitely worth the time and money overall.

The social committee of Norfolk Island also provides after-show fun at their Up Country venue. These shows used to be held in the premises of the club, but since the festival just kept growing, things had to be taken to a more suitable place. These after-show jams definitely should not be missed since you will be able to drink, relax, wind down and enjoy different types of music and sounds while you are there.

The entire program is specially made to appeal to people of different ages and even ranges from traditional country music to modern country music to country rock music to suit everybody’s taste. Overall, the goal of Norfolk Island is to provide the perfect balance for everybody, so that everybody ends up happy after the experience.

Naturally, if you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on the festival, it would be highly advisable to buy your tickets as early as possible. This way, you can ensure that you get good seats for the festival and will enjoy it to the fullest.

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Norfolk Island Escapes August 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Hi there,
The Country Music Festival on Norfolk Island runs from 16-23 May 2016. If you would like to attend please contact us for a quotation. We would love to hear from you.
Kind Regards, Norfolk Select.


EDNA FITZGERALD November 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Hi My name is Edna and I am a member of a ukulele group in Tauranga NZ. What would be our chances of us securing accommodation and fares for the Country Music Festival in May 2018 We would love to be part of the celebrations and there is a group of us if we can arrange bookings, fares tickets etc.l Thank you and I will await your reply.
Edna Fitzgerald


Norfolk Island Escapes November 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

Hi Edna,
Thank you for your enquiry – we will be in touch with you today regarding the Country Music Festival.
Kind Regards,


Gary Johnson September 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Hi my name is Gary Johnson and my wife run a ukulele club on the Central Coast and are very interested in your Country music festival in 2017. We would all like to come over and see what goes onas we are a young group. I am asking now so we can make arrangements.
Could you please let me know any information regarding your festival.
Thanking you
Gary Johnson


Norfolk Island Escapes October 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Hi Gary,
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the Country Music Festival 2017. We will send some information to you by email.
Kind Regards, Meg


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