Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre
is an Australian arena
An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. It is composed of a large open space surrounded on most or all sides by tiered seating for spectators. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the...
, located approximately 5 km south of the Tamworth
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Peel River, Tamworth, which contains an estimated population of 47,595 people, is the major regional centre for southern New England and in the local government area of Tamworth Regional Council. The city...
Central Business District, in the suburb of Hillvue
Hillvue is a suburb of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. It is a largely residential suburb of Tamworth and is south of South Tamworth. It has the second highest population estimate of any area of Tamworth, with estimates in 2001 of just over five thousand people.The longyard shopping area, the...
. It is a multi-purpose centre, with a capacity of 5,100 and is the biggest of its kind, outside the NSW and south-east Queensland metropolitan areas.
Its biggest event, each year, is the CMAAs, The Country Music Awards of Australia
The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They are wholly owned and staged by the Country Music...
, held in January, during the Tamworth Country Music Festival
The Tamworth Country Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia and is a celebration of Australian country music culture and heritage. The festival lasts for two weeks during late January and during this period the city of Tamworth comes alive, with...
Other uses for the centre include:
- Trade Shows, Exhibitions and Product Launches
- Educational exhibitions
- Major event Dinners/Functions
- Indoor sporting events
- Community events
- Charity events
The construction of a large event centre capable of housing a variety of functions on a year round basis and providing a facility capable of hosting Award ceremonies and concerts associated with the Annual Tamworth Country Music Festival has been on the “drawing boards” in Tamworth for at least 20 years.
During this time the profile of Tamworth as Country Music Capital has grown and country music has become a very popular music format. As a result it would be fair to say that Country Music is to Tamworth what miles of beaches are to the North Coast of NSW or the Blue Mountains are to Katoomba.
However, the Country Music Capital profile is not a natural advantage. It is the result of years of hard work and dedication by the country music industry and the community of Tamworth. Events had shown there was a need to keep pace with the country music industry growth rate and provide a facility to meet client expectations and demands.
Prompted by the need to protect our Country Music Capital profile and buoyed by offers of financial support, including a commitment by the business community to provide $800,000 over four years, and a commitment by the Federal and State Governments to provide $1.25m each towards construction costs, Tamworth City Council has decided to construct the Tamworth Regional Exhibition Centre as community owned asset for the long term benefit of the citizens of Tamworth.
The Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre has been designed to provide a venue suitable for the staging of multiplicity of large major events, including indoor sports events of an international standard, in order to foster and contribute to the social and economic development of Tamworth and the North West Region.
Concerts and events
Artists that have performed at TREC include Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...
, Cold Chisel
Cold Chisel is a rock band that originated in Adelaide, Australia. It is one of the most acclaimed Australian rock bands of all time, with a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s and huge sales that continue to this day, although its success and acclaim was almost completely restricted to...
, The Seekers
The Seekers are an Australian folk-influenced pop music group which were originally formed in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States...
, Leo Sayer
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Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Chris Joannou on bass guitar and Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars. The group got their big break in mid-1994 when they won a national demo...
Powderfinger was an Australian rock band that formed in Brisbane in 1989. From 1992 until their breakup the band lineup consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bassist John Collins, and drummer Jon Coghill....
& Missy Higgins
Melissa "Missy" Morrison Higgins is an Australian pop singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Her No. 1 albums in Australia are The Sound of White and On a Clear Night , and her Top Ten singles are "Scar", "The Special Two", "Steer" and "Where I Stood". From a musical family in...
, among others.
Australian bands Silverchair & Powderfinger played at the Centre, on 4 September 2007, during their Across the Great Divide Tour
The Across the Great Divide tour was a concert tour by Australian alternative rock bands Powderfinger and Silverchair in 2007. The tour featured concerts in 26 towns across Australia and multiple shows in New Zealand...
, in front of a crowd of 4,500 people.
- 2008 Young Drivers Expo
- Arrive alive Eastern University Games
- Australian Idol
- Capers School Specatucular
- Catholic Schools Celebrate…
- Case IH Product Launch
- Cold Chisel
- Concert of the Century
- Country Energy – Conference
- Doobie Bros
- Drums Tao – Unrivalled Drumming Sepctacular
- Dwight Yoaham
- Energy Safety Solutions Exhibition & Competition
- Food Services Industry & Exhibition
- Jayco Australia/CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia
- Jehovah Witness Annual Convention
- Leo Sayer
- Local Government Stores Suppliers Exhibition
- Longway to the Top
- Livestock & Bulk Carriers Association – Conference & Exhibition
- Hats Off to Slim Dusty
- Harlem Gospel Choir
- Home & Leisure Shows
- Annual Jehovah's Witness District Convention
- Namoi Landcare Forum
- National MG Car Club Rally
- National View Club Conference
- North West Dance Festival
- NSW Country Gymnastics Championships
- Pink Floyd Tribute
- Rotary District Conference & Dinner
- Rural Critical Care Conference
- School Presentations & Formals
- Shell Rimula Rig of the Year
- Silverchair & Powerfinger Tour
- 75th Anniversary Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concert
- The Seekers
- Toyota Country Theatre featuring Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, John Williamson, Melinda Schnieder, Colin Buchanan, Adam Brand, Gina Jeffreys and more!
- Tamworth & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Awards
- Thirty Merc
- Uniting Church Synod Conference & Dinner
- Westpac Helicopter Annual Ball & Auction
- Willy Nelson In Concert