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Wairarapa MUSIC IN THE COUNTRY  10 – 12 January, 2025

Celebrating 10 years running, there’s a fantastic line-up coming to you for the 2025 Wairarapa Music in the Country festival at the Tauherenikau Racing and Events Center.

 

From Friday 10th until Sunday 12th January, you’ll be blown away by the amazing calibre of some of NZ’s finest multi-award-winning musicians with distinguished careers both nationally and internationally.

The festival offers opportunities for everyone to get involved. Visiting and emerging musicians are encouraged to share their songs and talent onstage throughout the weekend with ever popular walk-up sessions.  

A range of family-friendly activities, including a learn to line-dance class and oversized games like Connect Four, Hoopla, Jenga, and Noughts and Crosses will be available.

This event is partnered with Trust House, an organization committed to supporting projects that benefit the wider community.

 

OUR ARTISTS

The Warratahs

The Warratahs are a New Zealand music institution. They continue to produce new music and perform, driven by their passion for genuine, heartfelt music and the joy of live performance. You must see them as many times as you can in your life!

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 Dolly Experience

Iconic musicians Karen Davy and Ken Strong will be capturing the stage as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. They have played both nationally and internationally, winning some serious awards along the way.

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Sisters in County Jodi Vaughan and Aly Cook

Sisters in Country

Sisters in Country is Country Music Legend Jodi Vaughan, and award winning recording artist Aly Cook, with guest sister Wendy Thornton, international performer for 40 years.

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Kayla Mahon

International performer Kayla Mahon will more than impress you with her original songs and polished performance.

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Performing at 2025 Wairarapa Music in the Country Festival is Matt Joe Gow.

Matt Joe Gow

With a reputation as an earnest performer to go alongside the authentic Alt country tones and many accolades. Don’t miss out on his amazing act.

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James Ray

JamesRay

JamesRay is a multi award winning international performing and recording artist.After touring the world throughout the mid 90’s with Bob Dylan, he settled in NZ for a lifestyle change.

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Bevan Gardiner and James Davies playing on-stage

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is a versatile and prolific alt-country artist. Her accomplishments extend to her impressive stage presence, having opened for legendary artists such as Sir Elton John.

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Jackie bristow

What a treat! Her exquisite songcraft and compelling live performances have seen her share the bill and a personal connection with many of the world’s musical elite.

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Coopers Run

Cooper’s Run

Cooper’s Run has been named New Zealand’s number one country music act twice over.

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Melissa Partridge

Melissa has performed and toured alongside some legends in Country Music in all parts of Australia, New Zealand and America.

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Roger Tibbs performing at Music in the Country

Roger Tibbs

His debut album, “Yodelling Man,” released in 1984, sold 60,000 copies. He achieved his dream of a headline residency in Branson, Missouri, after four tours in the US Midwest, then took a hiatus. Winner of the 2022 NZCMA Entertainer of the Year award he’s back!

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Saddle Up Sisters

Rising Country Stars Steffany Beck, and Miranda Eastern have partnered up to bring you the Saddle up Sisters act. Bringing their celebrated new original cowgirl country music that will make you want to dive in Boots n’ all.

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Ainslie Allen

After spending a lifetime in the public eye, Ainslie has grown into a true performer producing hauntingly beautiful melodies.

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Shenanigans Irish Wellington Band

Shenanigans

Shenanigans are high energy, modern and traditional Irish music. Get ready to dance until you drop! Their musical careers span many moons over many countries.

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Renée Therése

Renée Therése is a Māori country singer and songwriter. She’s performed on television and radio multiple times, and sung in bands around the Manawatū for the past 25 years.

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Wayne R. Heath

Over 50 years experience as a top-line entertainer and recording artist. Wayne is a NZ Silver Scroll recipient.

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Maddy Bean

Our rising star, Maddy Bean, has talent to burn! We’re predicting big things for her future.

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Tell me more about the festival…

Tickets start are just $65 per person for a three day pass, or $40 for a single day.

Kids 15 years old and under are free!!

See details below, or just get your tickets now!

Wairarapa Music in the Country is the perfect weekend escape for motorhomes and caravans, a fantastic day and night out for families and a musical paradise for toe tappers near and far. 

We’ll have food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the event, but you can beat the queues by pre-ordering a gourmet picnic platter box now. These are available in small (suitable for one person) or large (suitable for four people) sizes and will be available for collection on the afternoon of Saturday 6 January. Purchase these through Eventfinda when you purchase your tickets!

Tickets & pricing

* Children 15 years and under are free.

Single 3 Day Pass - Standard
Access To Festival For Three Days
BYO Seating

$65

Single 3 Day Pass - premium
Access To Festival For Three Days
Personally Named Grandstand Seating

$85

Single Day Pass - Friday or Saturday
Access To Festival On Friday Or Saturday 10am - 10pm
BYO Seating

$40

Single Day Pass - Sunday
Access On Sunday 10am - 2:30pm
BYO Seating

$20

Double 3 Day Pass - Standard
Access To Festival For Three Days
BYO Seating

$130

Double 3 Day Pass - premium
Access To Festival For Three Days
Personally Named Grandstand Seating

$170

Double Day Pass - Friday or Saturday
Access To Festival On Friday Or Saturday 10am - 10pm
BYO Seating

$80

Double Day Pass - Sunday
Access On Sunday 10am - 2:30pm
BYO Seating

$40

Single 3 Day Accommodation Pass - Standard
Three Day Parking Or Tenting At A Non-Powered Site
Access To Festival For Three Days
BYO Seating

$80

Single 3 Day Accommodation Pass - premium
Three Day Parking Or Tenting At A Non-Powered Site
Access To Festival For Three Days
Personally Named Grandstand Seating

$115

Double 3 Day Accommodation Pass - Standard
Three Day Parking Or Tenting At A Non-Powered Site
Access To Festival On Friday Or Saturday 10am - 10pm
BYO Seating

$160

Double 3 Day Accomodation Pass - Premium
Three Day Parking Or Tenting At A Non-Powered Site
Access On Sunday 10am - 2:30pm
Personally Named Grandstand Seating

$195

What can I bring?

Alcohol:
This is a licenced event, so no BYO alcohol  – we will have a bar open across the festival for beverage purchases.

Food:
We’ll have food options onsite, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic treats! Gourmet hamper orders close on Wednesday 3 January – order yours here

Dogs:
Dogs are welcome on lead at your motorhome or tent site, but are prohibited in event area.

Seating:
If you’ve not booked premium grandstand seats then be sure to pack a rug and some deck chairs (even bean bags) so you can grab yourself a good spot to enjoy the entertainment. If bringing shade, please be mindful of those sitting behind you.