Hats Off goes on line

The annual Hats Off to Country Festival will go ahead this year but don’t expect big crowds as the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions will see it become the first completely on line music festival.

for its 21st birthday and online festival there will be 80 artists and musicians involved including about 30 local acts including Golden Guitar winners Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, John Krsulja, Lindsay Butler and Lawrie Minson who will be performing with his wife Shelley.

Other artists who have filmed their appearances include Adam Harvey, Kevin Bennett, Darren Coggan, Kristy Cox, Lachlan Bryan, Lindsay Butler and Shaza Leigh, Matt Scullion and Pete Denahy.

While some venues will be open over the Hats Off To Country Festival weekend, most will not be in a position to have live entertainment, with the exception of the Wests Entertainment Group which will see The Two Vees live at Wests’ Diggers on Saturday, July 11 from 9:30pm to 12:30am, and from 2:30pm to 5pm the same day, Jarred Taylor will perform live in the Beer Garden at West Tamworth League Club.

Over the Hats Off weekend artists will perform a pre-recorded concert or a live performance, to be enjoyed by viewers all over the world. It’s completely free, with artists providing ‘tip jars’ and some fundraising taking place.

88.9fm’s Emma Bailey, Ray McCoy and Jon Wolfe will be doing some compering of the video clips over the weekend and fans can see all the action on the Hats Off To Country Facebook page from July 9 to 12.

Image: 88.9fm's Ray McCoy, Emma Bailey and Jon Wolfe