The 2019 MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards will be held from Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019 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 45 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.

The festival begins with a walk up concert at the Gore Country Music Club Rooms Longford Function Center then continues with the Songwriting and the NZ Country Music Awards for the RIANZ Best Country Album and APRA Best Country Song finals.

The MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards are held annually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday auditions are held in three venues starting at approximately 8.15am. 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 night. The 40 Plus and 60 Plus finals are held in the stadium on Sunday with the Professional Artists Showcase concert on mid 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, vocal group, NZ Song and instrumental. High quality bands provide backing for contestants.

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Programme

6.30pm

Motorhomer’s Potluck Dinner

Hokonui Pavilion, Gore A&P Showgrounds

It has been tradition for those visiting Gore in a motorhome for the festival to get together for a potluck dinner.  Expect a very social event with a tune or two!

All motorhomers’ are welcome.

Contact Bevin to find out what you can contribute, 027 644 9909

1:00pm to 3.30pm

Jammin’ at the Razza

Gore Memorial RSA

Live Country Music

No Charge

7:00PM

Gore Country Music Walkup Concert

Longford Function Centre, East Gore

Full Band available for those wanting to perform

Diverse line up of talent

General Admission, Door Sales Only.  Members $5.00 Non Members $10.00

Children 17 years and under Free.  Supper Included

7:00PM

NZ Country Music Awards 2019 presented by NZ Songwriters Trust

SBS St James Theatre, Gore

Full concert featuring finalists and presentations for

  • RMNZ Best New Zealand Country Artist of the Year
  • APRA Best New Zealand Country Music Song of the Year
  • MLT NZ Songwriting Award

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Red carpet celebrations, drinks & nibbles on arrival

Admission: Early Bird Tickets $35 prior to 30 April 2019, $45 thereafter

Tickets on sale 11 March 2019 through iticket.co.nz

1:00pm to 3.30pm

Jammin at the Razza

Gore Memorial RSA

Live Country Music

No Charge

NOON to 1PM

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking – School Competition

Gore Business District

To enter the competition click here

Auditions are held on the streets of Gore in the business district

For more information, visit gorenz.com

9:00AM to 2:30PM

Songwriting Seminar & Workshop presented by NZ Songwriters Trust

Heartland Hotel Croydon, Gore

The seminar looks at the craft of songwriting, with experienced songwriters including a guest artist

Admission: $30.00, Registration online www.nzsongwriterstrust.co.nz

Door Sales available

Includes Tea & Coffee

 

11AM to 1PM

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking AUDITIONS

Gore

To enter the competition click here

Auditions are held on the streets of Gore in the business district

For more information, visit gorenz.com

8.:15AM to 5:00PM Approx

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards AUDITIONS

Gore

ALL SECTIONS

First Auditions start at 8.15AM across multiple venues

  • Gore Town & Country Club Stadium
  • Gore District Memorial RSA Inc
  • Excelsior Rugby Clubrooms

Day pass covers all audition venues – Door Sales Only

  • Adults $12.00
  • Senior Citizen $8.00
  • Children 17 years and under FREE

Audition Programmes able to be purchased on the day

Tickets for Junior Intermediate Finals & Senior Finals purchased separately

8:00PM

The Warratahs Live presented by the NZ Songwriters Trust

The Thomas Green

Tickets to be advised.

6:00PM to 8:00PM

Ladies Live: with Jody Direen, Mikaela Dewar & The Cruickshanks

Heartland Hotel Croydon

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Buffet Style Meals from 5pm

Family Friendly

FREE ENTRY

8:00PM to 11:00PM

Big Band Night: with MLT NZ Gold Guitar Award Winners Arun O’Connor & Molly G

Traffers

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Free Entry

5:30PM to 7.30PM

Guitar Magic: with Joseph Balfe

Howl at the Moon

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Acoustic Music

Dinner Menu available from 5:00pm

No bookings taken.

FREE ENTRY

 

8:00PM to 11:00PM

The Falls Night: with Luke O’Shea (Aus) Phil Doublet & Jenny Mitchell

Falls Hotel, Mataura

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Bistro Meals will be available

Free Entry

7:30PM to late

Southern Hayride: with Reg McTaggart & Friends

Longford Function Centre, East Gore

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Margaret Bates, Les Thomas, Max McCauley, Brian Kennard & Nick Bourke

FREE ENTRY

6:15PM to 7:15PM

Before the Ride: with Aly Cook & Kelvin Cummings

Longford Tavern Bar, East Gore

MLT Music Roundup is pleased to present this event

Downstairs in the Longford Tavern Bar

FREE ENTRY

6:00PM to 8:00PM

NZ Songwriters in the Round presented by NZ Songwriters Trust

Eastern Southland Art Gallery

An intimate evening of NZ Songwriters sharing their songs

Free entry

7:00PM to 9:00Pm

Ladies & Gentlemen of Country Music

Gore Memorial RSA

Featuring Steven Hayes, Simon Thompson, Bryan Townley, Chris Chilton, Ron Mitchell, Jack Townley, Brendan Burgess, Bonnie Turner & Jenny Mitchell

Tickets available from iticket.co.nz

Ticket includes show and 2 course buffet dinner.

2:00PM

McDonough Contracting Ltd Gore Truck Show

Gore Shopping District

Judging starts at 8am for entered rigs

Public Parade 2pm

Line the sides of State High way one in Gore’s Business District

For further information contact Rhonda Wilson 03 208 4433

11AM to 1PM

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking AUDITIONS

Gore Business District

To enter the competition click here

Auditions are held on the streets of Gore in the business district

For more information, visit gorenz.com

 

8:15AM to 5:00PM Approx

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards AUDITIONS

Various Locations

ALL SECTIONS

First Auditions start at 8.15AM across multiple venues

  • Gore Town & Country Club Stadium
  • Gore District Memorial RSA Inc
  • Excelsior Rugby Clubrooms

Day pass covers all audition venues – Door Sales Only

  • Adults $12.00
  • Senior Citizen $8.00
  • Children 17 years and under FREE

Audition Programmes able to be purchased on the day

Tickets for Junior Intermediate Finals & Senior Finals purchased separately

6:30PM

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards INTERMEDIATE & JUNIOR FINALS

Gore Town & Country Club Stadium

Featuring Junior Finalists and presentations of 2019 Awards.

  • Guest appearance from 2018 Junior Overall Winner Gracie Young

Featuring Intermediate Finalists and presentation of 2019 Awards

  • Guest appearance from 2018 Intermediate Overall Winner Molly Goodeve

Adults: $38:00 Children $10:00

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2.30PM

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking – FINALS & Street Party

Gore Business District

The best of the best buskers live on the streets of Gore in a huge street party

Immediately following the Truck Parade

For more information visit Gorenz.com

 

8:15AM to Noon approx

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards AUDITIONS

Various Venues, See Programme Booklet

SENIOR SECTIONS ONLY

First Auditions start at 8.15AM across multiple venues

  • Gore Town & Country Club Stadium
  • Gore District Memorial RSA Inc
  • Excelsior Rugby Clubrooms

Day pass covers all audition venues – Door Sales Only

  • Adults $18.00
  • Senior Citizen $14.00
  • Children 17 years and under $5
  • Ticket price covers entry to the 40 Plus & 60 Plus Finals, Showcase & Hands of Fame Induction of Ginny Peters

Audition Programmes able to be purchased on the day

Tickets for  Senior Finals purchased separately on iticket.co.nz

1:00PM approx

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards – 40 Plus & 60 Plus FINALS

Gore Town & Country Club Stadium

Featuring 40 Plus & 60 Plus Finalists and Presentation of the 2019 Awards

Sunday Audition ticket covers admission to this event

2:00PM Approx

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards – SHOWCASE & Hands of Fame Induction

Gore Town & Country Club Stadium

Featuring Professional & Semi Professional artists

Hands of Fame Induction of Ginny Peters

Sunday Audition Ticket covers admission to this event

7:00PM

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards SENIOR FINALS

Gore Town & Country Club Stadium

Featuring all Senior Finalists & presentation of the 2019 Senior Gold Guitar Awards, including the 2019 MLT NZ Gold Guitar Award Senior Overall Trophy.

Guest Artist: 2018 Senior Overall Winner Arun O’Connor

Backing Band: Tightazz

Admission: Adults $45  Children $10

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