National Thunder Motorcycle Rally Tamworth
The National Thunder Motorcycle Rally is not short on entertainment, with the outdoor Thunder Stage rocking until late each evening. The entertainment program will also feature a unique equine spectacular produced specifically for the rally to be held on the Saturday evening.
Footy fans have not been forgotten, with the NRL Grand Final to be shown on a stand alone big screen on Sunday evening.
See below for the daily entertainment line up. Your registration gives you access to all of these acts and more. See also the program page for the full line up each day of the rally.
Bring a chair
Seating is limited, so if you are able to, please bring a chair to watch the huge line up of entertainment.
Friday 30 September
Absolute Creedence Experience
This Absolute Creedence Experience is the ultimate tribute to legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band has not only faithfully reproduced the Creedence sound and look, but has also captured John Fogerty’s signature vocals and guitar through front man Ty Coates. The most authentic sounding recreation you’ll ever hear. You could be listening to the original band. Click here for more information on the Absolute Creedence Experience.
Women of Rock
The Women of Rock Show is a salute to the many remarkable women who have dominated the international rock scene. Front person Caz Rae portrays each iconic woman’s character with a dynamic vocal performance and costume change and the music is delivered by a group of power house musicians.
The Bon Scott Tribute Show
Damnation are a group of five mates, all experienced and seasoned musicians who are deeply passionate about performing AC/DC's music from the Bon Scott era. These particular years were not only the defining years for AC/DC, but, especially as time goes on, many fans consider the Bon Scott years to be AC/DC's best years. Damnation specialise in cranking out all of the AC/DC classics from that great era with a strong emphasis on reproducing AC/DC's sound as faithfully as possible. Damnation has been at it since 2002 and they're still just as passionate about paying tribute to the best Rock'n'Roll frontman to ever grace the stage.
Saturday 1 October
Formed in 2010 as a cover band by Rob Bennic (drums & vocal), John Lee (bass & vocals, and Jared Scott (vocals & guitar).
Originally formed to play Tamworth Country Music Festival and quickly became a highlight for Festival goers. After their first year together, they gained a large following.
In late 2016 the Rednecks had started writing original material and by 2017 they had started recording their Debut EP. Their first single "Apple Pie Whisky" was released and went number 1 on numerous radio charts across Australia.
On 27th January 2018 the self titled EP "Redneck Gentlemen" was launched at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The 2nd single release "Four Shots Down" also went to number 1.
Celebrating the songs of Paul McCartney
Wingspan will take you on a magical mystery tour from McCartney’s years of Beatlemania to his blockbuster solo career and of course through the Wings mega hits of the 1970’s. This show delivers McCartney's hits from his Beatle days - Hey Jude, Let It Be, Long And Winding Road, Get Back, USSR & songs from his early solo albums (McCartney & Ram) to the formation of Wings - Band On The Run, Jet, Live And Let Die, Silly Love Songs & many more.
Wingspan presents the amazing talents of some of Australia’s finest musicians. Ripley Smith (vocal/guitar - The Voice, Sessions, 21/20) James Wally Howlett (bass guitar/vocal - The Elliotts, 21/20) Paul Monger (drums & Mastermind - 21/20, Hollywood Zoo) Shaun Gardener (guitar/vocal - 21/20, Live And Kicking) Alby Stefani (keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals - Geisha, 21/20).
In 1988 the renowned voices and brilliant songs of The Traveling Wilburys took the music world by storm.
Now, you can recapture that magical time with The Wilburys, as you sing along to such hits as "Handle With Care", "Last Night" and "End of the Line", as well as all the classic songs from each of the individual Wilburys' vast repertoires - a huge selection from the songbooks of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
The Wilburys, direct from Melbourne, features its own all-star line up which includes some of Australia's finest and most respected musicians and performers, including Peter Miller (Vocals/Guitar) and Gary Carruthers (Vocals/Guitar/Banjo).
National Thunder Horse Spectacular
The Equine Spectacular is a highlight of the National Thunder Rally, with an all star line-up of horses, animals and entertainers that will get hearts racing, hooves galloping and whips cracking.
Set within the world class indoor arena at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, master horseman Dave Manchon leads the team of bulls, broncs and brumbies to provide the audience an adrenaline and fun filled experience of the Australian Outback.
The Ultimate Jimmy Barnes Experience
Barnes Storm is a 5-piece band comprising great musicians who love to play with drive and passion. The band’s aim is to celebrate and deliver the songs of Jimmy Barnes in a true style reminiscent of his own current live performances…the rock hits…the eras…the memories.
Barnes Storm’s lead vocalist, Scott Bedford, delivers an engaging, first-rate, down-home performance which needs to be seen and heard to be believed. The touring band includes Leon Massey (Guitar), Abraham Camden (Drums), Glenn Sweeney (Bass), and Rex Clutario (Keyboards).You'll love to hear Barnes Storm play Jimmy's music as much as they all love to play it.
Sunday 2 October
Sarah Head is a solo artist who has been making her mark on the Australian and International
music scene for nearly 20 years with her heartfelt lyrics, sensational voice and captivating
In 2015, Sarah was announced as a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting
Competition (ISC) with her single “Gypsy Soul” – placing her in the top 10% world wide, of
over 18,000 categories. Further to this recognition, Sarah has been named as one of the
Top 4 grand finalists in the 2013 Toyota Star Maker competition (Tamworth Country Music
Festival), and a top 5 finalist in coveted awards such as the MusicOz Awards for Independent
Artists, the People’s Choice Awards for Most Promising Future Star, and the My Song Award
Al & The Buchaneers
Al and the Buchaneers is the band to get the party started and keep it going, with everything from AC/DC to Warren Zevon to entertain! So if you’re looking for a dose of great 70s rock & roll, this is the band to take you there, featuring piano/keyboard, electric & acoustic guitar, bass, drums and harmony vocals, you’ll be singing along to Piano Man, Khe Sanh and Living Next Door To Alice, you’ll be rockin out to Bad Boy For Love, Long Way To The Top and Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, and you’’ be feeling good when you hear Get Back, Cool Change and Night Moves. Add in the Oz rock classics Nips Are Getting Bigger, Boys Light Up and April Sun In Cuba and you can kick back and relive the 70s and you can get up and dance to Superstition, Saturday Night’s Alright and Sweet Home Alabama. Al & The Buchaneers is the band that stands and delivers.
Buddy Knox Blues Band
Buddy has carved up the Blues scene around Australia since 2007, notching his Blues belt with all the big ticket Australian festivals from Bridgetown to Bluesfest. He won the Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year twice, and continues to share his old school Blues style with fans. Buddy plays with smooth finesse, in the tasty authentic style of the old legends.
Armed with his signature 335 Gibson, or more recently in acoustic sets, the Maton, his devotion to the art form is genuine. The Blues sure have got Buddy Knox, but ask him yourself, he’s happy about that, with a lifelong passion for this genre. He’s been referred to as our very own BB, but expect a dash of Freddie King guitar style in his show.
Buddy Knox Blues Band is Buddy (Guitar/Vocals), Teangi Knox (Bass/Drums/Harmonies), Fiona Peters (Accordian), Gareth Hudson (Double Bass/Keys/Didgeridoo/Harmonies) and Goori Knox (Guitar/Harmonies)
The Whispering Jack Show
A tribute to the music of John Farnham
The Whispering Jack Show features Australia's Got Talent performer Mike Vee and his six piece band performing his tribute to the music of the legend that is John Farnham. His uncanny resemblance, the tone of his voice and his out going nature are so much like the real thing that people often ask him … is he related. Danni Monogue’s comment, as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent when Mike performed one of John’s classics was … "The closest I've ever heard to Farnham"
This show is not an attempt to copy Farnham, but Mike's own interpretation of Farnham's material resulting in a performance where the audience has the unique opportunity to hear and see the closest tribute to an Australian great while experiencing Mike’s own true ability as a great performer with a fine voice.
NRL Grand Final on the Big Screen
Broadcast from 7pm, kick off at 7.30pm.
This musical journey will take you from the early Beatles days to their critically acclaimed solo careers. Performing Masterpieces From Paul, John, George, Ringo and beyond including Wings, Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne, ELO and Oasis.
Beatles Legacy featuring some Australia’s finest musicians with Ripley Smith (The Voice, Sessions, 21/20) James Wally Howlett (The Elliotts, 21/20) Paul Monger (21/20, Hollywood Zoo) Shaun Gardener (21/20, Live And Kicking) Alby Stefani (Geisha, 21/20).
The Aftershock of Australian Rock
The Aftershock of Australian Rock, delivers a show of classic Australian rock hits that span over five decades, and takes the audience on a journey through the ages of powerful and influential Aussie rock music, capturing the energy and style that these songs so richly deserve. This powerful, hard-rocking outfit, delivers these quality, classic hits with conviction and respect to the artists who created them over the many decades.
Australia has been the breeding ground for classic rock songs from the late 1960’s through to today, and has stamped decades of strong memories onto the psyche of all Australians. Remember these? Evie – Stevie Wright, Women in Uniform – Skyhooks, Take a Long Line – The Angels, Highway to Hell – AC/DC, My Baby – Cold Chisel, When the River Runs Dry – Hunters & Collectors, King of The Mountain – Midnight Oil, Chemical Heart – Grinspoon, Bless my Soul – Powderfinger.
Monday 3 October
Muster at 8am. Depart at 9am
Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre
503 Goonoo Goonoo Rd
New South Wales Australia 2340
Tamworth Regional Council