FOTY

fOTY – Find Of The Year – it's back!

Under18 age Audition * Sat 20th July * Tamworth @ The Pub

UNDER 18 AGE ENTRY - OPEN NOW > CLICK TO ENTER

WHEN DOES IT START?

It starts on Sat 20th July with Under 18 age AUDITIONS. Age category HEATS & SEMIS will be held progressively across the following weekends and lead onto older age groups 18-25 age, 25-40 age and Over 40 as we roll on across the months of August, Sept, October and November.

WHAT'S fOTY?

fOTY is a search for the best original singer songwriters and guitarists and we are giving away 4 Tanglewood guitars as prizes to the winners of each of the 4 age categories!

* This is great news for the musicians of the Hunter New England Region!

WHAT'S fRETfEST?

fRETfEST is Australia’s original guitar-based talent quest with a 20 year history.  It’s a bit like The Voice for musicians who write and play their own songs on guitar. fRETfEST is open to all musicians of all ages and it is suitable for all genres of original guitar music (sorry - no covers).

WHERE WILL IT BE HELD?

The venue is The Pub in TAMWORTH and the entry fee is just $18 for teenagers and a little extra for adults. U 18 entries are open till 12pm on Saturday 20th July and entries will be accepted on the day ($20) at the venue, with parent accompanying (to give parental consent). 

The Address is Gunnedah Rd, Tamworth, NSW, 2340. 

There are 4 age group categories:

UNDER 18 = $18 entry - ENTER NOW > CLICK TO ENTER

18-24 YRS = $25 entry

24-40 YRS = $30 entry

OVER 40’s = $40 entry

* fRETfEST is credited with discovering Pete Murray, Kate Miller Heidke, Tom Busby (Busby Marou), Bobby Flynn (Aust Idol), Mark Lowndes (Aust Got Talent), Jac Stone (The Voice).

SCHEUDLE OF DATES & TIMES

UNDER 18 AGE

U18 AUDITION: Sat 20 July, 12pm till 4pm* (School Holidays)

Follw the link to ENTER ONLINE ($18) or pay on the day ($20)

JUST BRING YOUR GUITAR & YOUR PARENT (to sign forms)

Amps, plug in, leads and mic supplied for audition purposes

NOTE. Auditions are private, not a live public performance.

U18 HEAT: Sat 27 July, 12pm till 4pm*

U18 SEMI: Sat 10 Aug, 12pm till 4pm*

18 - 25 AGE

18-25 AUDITION: Sat 24 Aug, 12pm till 4pm*

18-25 HEAT: Sat 7 Sept, 12pm till 4pm*

18-25 SEMI: Sat 28 Sept, 12pm till 4pm* (School Holidays)

25 - 40 AGE

25-40 AUDITION: Sat 12 Oct, 12pm till 4pm*(School Holidays)

25-40 HEAT: Sat 19 Oct, 12pm till 4pm*

25-40 SEMI: Sat 2 Nov, 12pm till 4pm*

OVER 40 AGE

Over 40 AUDITION: Sat 16 Nov, 12pm till 4pm*

Over 40 HEAT: Sat 30 Nov, 12pm till 4pm*

Over 40 SEMI: Sat 14 Dec, 12pm till 4pm*

* Start and finish times may vary slightly due to number of entries we receive.

U 18 AGE ENTRIES CLOSE 12pm 20th JULY > CLICK TO ENTER

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

4 Tanglewood Guitars * (shown above). L-R displayed: The stunning copper-top TE3CP Stiletto electric! The exotic TWDBTSFCEAEB with Ebony top, back & sides! The Crossroads TWCROE Orchestra! The solid topped TWUSFCE Union Superfolk!

* All guitars come with built-in tuner, a strap, a guitar stand and in a case! 

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fRETfEST fACTS

  • fRETfEST was first held in 1997 at a small pub in Brisbane and by 1999 we were showcasing PETE MURRAY who hailed from Chinchilla in Queensland and he went on to sign with Sony/BMG and sold over 1 million albums!
  • In the years that followed, KATE MILLER-HEIDKE took part as did TOM BUSBY from Busby Marou, BOBBY FLYNN went on to star in Australian Idol, MARK LOWNDES went on to star on Australia’s Got Talent and JAC STONE went on to star in The Voice!
  • In 2008 fRETfEST first showcased the young virtuoso guitarist from Bega NSW named DANIEL CHAMPAGNE who now lives in Nashville from where he travels the world performing his unique two-handed guitar style!
  • In 2014 we started our music mentorship program and, our first graduate, ASHA JEFFERIES went on to enjoy rotation on Triple J and RAGE and she has just completed her first solo tour of Australia!
  • Our next graduate, KODY BRIMS, was subsequently accepted into the prestigious BERKLEE MUSIC COLLEGE in Boston USA where she graduated and now performs internationally!
  • Over the years, fRETfEST has given away some astoundingly good guitars including a $2,500 Ovation Elite Plus Celebrity Trans Blue Quilt Maple stage guitar with OP-4BT pickup and built-in tuner, a $2,300 Fender Ensenada ESCA10CE acoustic guitar with Fishman's Ellipse VT pickup, a $1700 Maton SRS60C acoustic guitar with and AP5 pickup, solid spruce top and Queensland Maple back & sides and an $1800 Cole Clark Angel, AN1E-BM with 3way pickup system, Bunya top and Queensland maple back & sides!
  • In 2015 we launched the Regional Song Contest and relocated to Tamworth from where have re-established our base and have continued showcasing new talent in partnership with the Tamworth Country Music Festival
  • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, we gave away Tanglewood Guitars with thanks to NATIONAL MUSIC in Brisbane and this year, in 2019, we will be giving away 4 Tanglewood guitars, showcasing their range!

Thank you

fRETfEST