The hugely popular 3 day Wairarapa Country Music Festival is an annual event held at the picturesque Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston.
The festival is a great chance to see the line-up of well-known and emerging country music stars performing over the weekend including the Saturday night spectacular featuring Jody Direen, Cooper's Run and all time favourite Gerry Lee.
Jody Direen is headlining the Wairarapa Country Music Festival, dubbed the 'Queen of Country' in her home country, Jody hails from Wanaka. After a solid five years travelling between her home country, Australia and the USA touring, writing and recording, she signed with major record label, ABC Music. Jody has since had numerous Top 10 and #1 singles in both Australia and New Zealand. Jody is the 2015 Female Artist of the Year (CMANZ) as well as 2015 'Benny' Award winner for Best Vocalist of the Year. Jody has worked under the management of U.S talent management company 'Bear Grylls Ventures' and performed a guest spot on the Global Artist Showcase at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee (the largest Country music festival in the world).
- Cooper's Run, has shared the stage with Lady Antebellum, Glen Campbell & Kenny Rogers sky-rocketing their music career., They've been working non-stop in New Zealand, Australia and USA. Avid and skilled songwriters, these two also got the nod as New Zealand Country Music Song Writers of the Year. Coopers Run was the very first Kiwi's to appear on the Country Music Association's Global Artist Party in Nashville Tennessee! The event was viewed by over 40 million people, and they were backed by legendary singer/songwriter Pam Tillis's band.
- Gerry Lee, Tania Warren, Shane Harvey, Leanne and Justine Kestrup, Elizabeth Maindonald and more to enjoy over the weekend!
The festival is lots of fun for the whole family, come and enjoy local wine and food for sale at the grounds.
Self-contained Caravans and motorhomes are welcome - it is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful grounds surrounded by native trees and birdlife.