Every year for the last 47 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 MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards are held annually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. On Friday, Saturday 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 Classic 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 classic 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.

The events below are very likely to be the same for the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards 2023

Programme

Gore Country Music Queen Gala Crowning

Where: TBC

When:  Sunday May 28, 2023- 6.30pm

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Tickets: $25pp + booking fee.  Available February 2023

Entries open:  January 22, 2023

Entries close:  April, 2023 – 5pm

More information: www.facebook.com/gorecountrymusicqueen/

The crowning of a Gore Country Music Queen is an enduring tradition that stretches back over 40 years.

This will be a fabulous night of celebration. As well as the festivities that go with crowning a new country music queen winner and runner-up, there’s fantastic country music to be enjoyed and a guest speaker.

Tamworth’s Country Music Queen is a special guest at the event. Together with Gore’s newly crowned Country Music Queen she judges the ‘Freeze Ya Bits off Busking’ event and the pair attend many NZ Country Music Festival events.

The Gore Country Music Queen in turn attends Tamworth’s Country Music Festival.

Come and join us for a night of fun and celebration.

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Golden Oldies

Where: TBC

When: Monday May 29, 2023 – 1.30pm

Door sales: Gold coin entry

This is a wonderful concert of local artists.  Every year it’s packed out by our seniors community. Come early to get a seat and look forward to a nice afternoon tea after the concert.  Take part in a raffle or two.  This relaxing, homely concert is great entertainment.

 

Open Mic Afternoon

Where: TBC

When: Tuesday May 30, 2023 – 1.30pm

Door sales: Gold coin entry

Want to warm up your vocal chords? Join in our Open Mic session. It’s simple – put your name on our black board and perform.  The Open Mic session is a great afternoon of talent to enjoy.  So, come along and strut your stuff. A cash bar is available, and you can dabble in a raffle or two. In true Southland style, everyone is welcome.

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards- Friday Auditions

Where: Gore Town & Country Club/ Gore RSA/ Gore Baptist Church

When: Friday June 2, 2023 – 8am – 5pm

Door sales:

  • Auditions, Friday June 2, 2023 – Adults $15 and Seniors $10
  • Three Day Audition Pass – Adults $42 and Seniors $30
  • Children under the age of 17 are free for auditions.

Come along to one of our three venues and watch many of our auditions. Whether you are supporting family, friends or just wanting to be entertained, there is certainly something for everyone.  See if you can pick the finalists like our judges do.  So much talent on show.

MLT Music Round-Up

Where: Heartland Hotel Croydon/ Falls Hotel, Mataura/ The Thomas Green/ Howl at the Moon

When: Friday June 2, 2023- 5pm onwards

Cost: Free entry

Mataura Licensing Trust bars and restaurants open their doors to lovers of country music on Friday June 2, 2023.  Pick your favourite band or venue and settle in for the night. Or venue hop and catch them all.
You choose!  There is no cover charge for these events.

Heartland Hotel Croydon, Gore

TBC

Traffers Bar, 18 Hokonui Drive, Gore

TBC

Falls Hotel, 115 Main St, Mataura

TBC

The Thomas Green- Public House and Dining Room, Main St, Gore

TBC

Howl at the Moon Restaurant and Bar, Main St, Gore

TBC

 

 

 

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards- Saturday Auditions

Where: Gore Town & Country Club/ Gore RSA/ Gore Baptist Church

When: Saturday June 3,  2023 – 8am onwards

Door Sales:

  • Auditions, Saturday June 3, 2023 – Adults $15 and Seniors $10
  • Three Day Audition Pass – Adults $42 and Seniors $30
  • Children under the age of 17 are free for auditions.

Come along to one of our three venues and watch many of our auditions. Whether you are supporting family, friends or just wanting to be entertained, there is certainly something for everyone.  See if you can pick the finalists like our judges do.  So much talent on show.

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards Junior & Intermediate Finals

Where: Gore Town & Country Club, Bury St, Gore

When: Saturday June 3, 2023 – 6.30pm

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Tickets on sale: February , 2023

  •  Adults $40 + booking fee
  •  Child (17 years and under) $10 + booking fee

Come and watch the budding talent of NZ country music on display. This is their time to shine in the Grand Junior and Intermediate finals.  The ability and skill of these young participants will blow you away.

MLT Showcase & Hands of Fame

Where: Gore Town & Country Stadium, Bury Street, Gore

When: Sunday June 4, 2023 – 3pm – 5pm

Door sales:

  • Adults $18,
  • Seniors $14 (which includes all events)
  • Child (17 years and under) $5 + booking fee

Classic Finals

This is a wonderful show case of the depth of talent in country music, with some of our seasoned and polished competitors performing in their categories.

MLT SHOWCASE

This event is a variety concert featuring a range of artists that have travelled to Gore to participate in the festival.

The MLT NZ Gold Guitar Award senior sections auditions ticket covers entry to this event.

HANDS OF FAME

This is tribute to honour people who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand Country Music. The Hands of Fame monument was established by the Gore Country Music Club in 1992.

Over the years many wonderful artists have been honoured, with a handprint cast in concrete at the Hands of Fame site, including: Kenny Rogers, Slim Dusty, Patsy Rigger, Garner Wayne, Suzanne Prentice, Ricky Skaggs and Jade Hurley to name but a few.

This year the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards is inducting 

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards -Senior Finals

Where: Gore Town & Country Stadium, Bury Street, Gore

When: Sunday June 4, 2023- 7pm

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Tickets on sale:  February, 2023

  • Adults $47 + booking fee
  •  Child (17 years and under) $10 + booking fee

The culmination of our weekend.  The senior finals, this is where we get to see the biggest and brightest New Zealand has to offer, strut their stuff.  An incredible show piece full of country talent.