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Make A Week Of It: Stay at the A&P Showgrounds which is in direct walking distance to the event!

Event Venue: The Gore Town & Country Club - 2 - 8 Bury Street, Gore

The 2017 New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards will be held from Friday 2nd June - Sunday 4th June 2017  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 43 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 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. Each day auditions are held in three venues. 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 prior to 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, country rock, duet, yodeling, vocal group, group NZ composition and instrumental. High quality bands provide backing for contestants. See the rules for details of the conditions of entry.

Walkup Concert - 31st May 2017 at 7.00pm; Don't miss out. (Door Sales)

Ticket Information: Bookings through http://www.iticket.co.nz/ or St James Theatre Gore (an agent of I-Ticket) Phone: 03 208 7396

Motorhome and Caravan Parking: Book in to stay for the week: Gore A&P Showgrounds (Camp Grounds). Arrive in time for the WalkUp Concert, Wednesday 31st May 2017.

Tuesday Night Dinner: A potluck tea will be held at the showgrounds on the Tuesday night. The showgrounds organisers will provide the 'meat and vege' while attendees are requested to bring the salads and desserts. Hope to see you there!

Further details call Bevan 027 6449909 or email bevroynz@yahoo.co.nz, but no bookings neccasary for non-powered sites.  

Prices: $5.00 pn/pv non power sites.

The Gore Agricultural & Pastoral Showgrounds is located in Bury St, just off State Highway 1 at the south end of Gore. Here you will find an extremely neat park-like setting on 11.2 hectares of land. The Gore Town & Country Club, Gore Multi-sports Centre, all-weather hockey turf and the town centre are all close by.