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For the first time ever, Top Paddock Music Festival is happening at Gore Stadium on May 29, 2021. Top Paddock was founded by Kiwi Country-Pop sensation, Jody Direen, with a vision to expand the new-country music movement and culture in New Zealand, giving both artists and fans an exciting opportunity to come together, experience and celebrate their passion for country music and good times. The first event was held at Lake Hawea in 2016 on New Years Eve and over the following years, solidified its place in New Zealand as a ‘must-do’ for passionate music loving Kiwi’s and Australians. Top Paddock has experienced exceptional growth over the last few years and the opportunity presented itself for organisers to consider another location to host the event. Direen's previous connections with the Gore community during her career in country music paved the way for what she considers to be a natural setting for the event.


“Gore has a strong rural community and its country music history and culture shines through. This is what Top Paddock is all about and the reason why it belongs in Gore – the Country Music capital of New Zealand. I’m excited that it's now integrated with the NZCMF and Tussock Country Music Festival. I believe it will be an exciting long standing partnership, with the purpose of helping to drive the Country Music industry in New Zealand forward and establishing an opportunity for fun and the making of life long memories for artists and fans”.


Organisers are gearing up for a wildly successful first year of Top Paddock in the South, marking Day One of the nine-day Tussock Country Music Festival hosting an all-Kiwi line up of six acts performing six hours of live music with limited tickets left. Tickets are available at


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