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Senior WinnerWelcome to the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards website.

The 2018 New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards will be held from Friday 1st June - Sunday 3rd June 2018 following a week of country music celebrations, including the NZ Country Music Awards, MLT Songwriting Awards, various concerts & busking competitions.

Every year for the last 44 years Gore has hosted the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. This event attracts artists from around the world and continues to grow in stature and popularity.

Audience levels reach over 5,000 and the entries in all sections and events total 700 competitors. Visitors to Gore leave with fond memories of the ‘Southern Hospitality’ and along with the locals, just soak up the Country Music atmosphere.

This year the festival begins with the Gore Young Ambassador show, Songwriting and the NZ Country Music Awards for the RIANZ Best Country Album and APRA Best Country Song finals then

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the week continues with a walk up concert and inductions into the MLT Hands of Fame Show.

The NZ Gold Guitar Awards are held annually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. On Friday and Saturday auditions are held in three venues starting at approximately 8.10am.  At the auditions judges choose finalists in the various sections. The Junior and Intermediate finals are held on Saturday night and the senior final night is Sunday. The 40 Plus and 60 Plus finals are held in the stadium on Sunday starting at 10am with the Professional Artists Showcase concert on Sunday afternoon. Contestants may enter as an individual, in a duet and/or as part of a group.


Contestants compete in either the junior, intermediate, senior or 40 Plus and 60 Plus sections, depending on their age. There are a variety of sections, including male and female solo, gospel, traditional, new country, country rock, duet, yodeling, vocal group, group NZ composition and instrumental. High

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quality bands provide backing for contestants. See the rules for details of the conditions of entry.

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