About Hats Off
The Hats Off to Country festival was launched in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital, by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) in 2000.
The main event for the first year was a tribute to Australia's King of Country Music, Slim Dusty, where some five thousand people packed into the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference to be a part of the major tribute.
Pubs and clubs across the city, and some within the Tamworth region, joined in by organising events and activities that all contributed to a wonderful country music festive atmosphere.
In the following years, Hats Off continued to be a major focus with, first, the CMAA organising annual tribute concerts and more and more local venues joining in to increase the quantity and range of entertainment.
In recent years, Hats Off has been put together, organised and promoted by a small band of volunteers. This has now been expanded to include executive members of the Tamworth Country Music Festival Stakeholders Group.
In 2013, the Stakeholders Group made a decision to take responsibility for the event and is now developing a five year plan to make sure Hats Off continues to grow and develop in the future.