Top Ten Announces Regional Pop Up Tour

Organisers of Toyota Star Maker are excited to announce the 2022 top ten will be holding a series of free pop up concerts, in the lead up to the Grand Final event, which will now be held in Tamworth on Tuesday, 19 April.

Set to perform in each of their home towns, the top ten will take to the stage at their local Toyota dealership over the coming weeks.

Toyota Star Maker Coordinator, Cheryl Brown says it will be a great opportunity for finalists to perfect their craft in the lead up to the Grand Final.

“Due to the rescheduling of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, 19 April is the new major focus for our finalists,” she said.

“These pop up concerts will be a great chance for the top ten to practise and show off their skills, as they prepare for their main performance.”

Kicking off this Friday on 11 February at 4pm one finalist will perform each week, in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

They will perform five songs, live at their local Toyota dealership, with an opportunity to meet and greet fans afterwards.

Cheryl said: “This year’s top ten are a truly talented and inspiring bunch, and these free concerts will give fans a taste of what’s to come in this year’s Grand Final event, so I encourage everyone to go along and show their support.”

An impressive panel of judges, including Special Projects Manager Chugg Music, Dan Biddle, KIX Country Program Director, Justin Thomson, Troy Cassar-Daley’s manager, Roxanne Brown, Major Events Gold Coast Director, Mark Duckworth and the Pub Group’s Craig Power, will determine the 2022 Star Maker winner at the Grand Final concert on 19 April in Toyota Park.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Vin Naidoo said the pop up concerts were a great opportunity for the artists to perfect their performances and bring the excitement of the Toyota Star Maker to their own local community of country music fans.

“These pop up concerts will give this incredible group of country music artists the opportunity to reconnect with audiences – something that has not been easy throughout the past year – and really showcase their talent in the lead up to the Grand Final concert,” Mr Naidoo said.

“Toyota and its dealer network are proud to support this initiative and give country music fans an exciting taste of what they can expect when the top ten artists take to the stage for the finals of the 2022 Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth in April.”

Fans who attend the free pop up concerts will also have a chance to win a Tamworth Country Music Festival experience prize.

Cheryl said: “There will be special QR codes at each pop-up concert and anyone who enters will go into the draw to win two tickets to the Country Club at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, as well as two tickets to the Golden Guitar Awards, plus accommodation.”

The 2022 Toyota Star Maker top ten will be performing on the following dates:

1     Max Jackson     4pm, Feb 11    Newcastle – Newcastle Toyota
2     Jake Davey     4pm, Feb 18    Taree – Taree Toyota
3     Brittany Elise     4pm, Feb 25    Gladstone Qld – Bill Robertson Toyota
4     Clancy Pye     4pm, Mar 4    Orange – Orange Toyota
5     Billie-Jo Porter     4pm, Mar 11    Coffs Harbour – Coffs Harbour Toyota
6     Jade Gibson    11am, Mar 19    Wangaratta – Wangaratta Toyota
7     Heath Lancaster    4pm, Mar 25    Kempsey – Kempsey Toyota
8     Katie Jayne    4pm, Apr 1    Scone – Scone Toyota
9     Charlie Fittler     4pm, Apr 8    Armidale – New England Toyota
10     Loren Ryan    4pm, Apr 15    Tamworth – Tamworth Toyota

For further information on the Toyota Star Maker competition visit

Toyota Star Maker is organised and promoted by Tamworth Regional Council, publishers of Country Music Capital News, and the Official Guide To The Tamworth Country Music Festival.

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