Country Music Capital News magazine suspends publication

Country Music Capital News, Australia’s oldest country music magazine, suspends publication

Country Music Capital News magazine has been suspended for the immediate future due to the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry.

Country Music Capital News is Australia’s longest running monthly country music magazine featuring news from all over Australia and from around the world.

For the first time in the publication’s 45-year history, the magazine will miss its scheduled releases for the May and June issues.

Tamworth Regional Council’s Country Music Manager and Publisher Barry Harley said Capital News is vital to the country music industry and provides a platform for exclusive interviews with national and international artists. 

The magazine also supports record labels, venues, festivals, retailers and other sectors of the business, and to promote and market their products. 

The publishers of Capital News also publish the annual Official Guide To The Tamworth Country Music Festival. The festival is next scheduled from 15 to 24 January 2021.

“With the world in isolation, so too are touring musicians and entertainers, with closed venues and no festivals to attend,” Mr Harley said. 

Mr Harley reiterated that the suspension of production is temporary and will be reviewed as conditions improve. 

“Our advertisers, readers and contributors are all being informed of the immediate changes but we know they will all understand that the situation is out of our control,” he said. 

“Although our loyal subscribers won’t receive the May and June issues their subscription orders will automatically be extended by the missing months. 

“We look forward to returning to production as soon as the industry gets back on its feet and the future is much brighter for the industry we all love and cherish.” 

The Capital News team are selling back issues of the magazine online at 


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