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

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 newly formed Miss Gold Guitar Evening, NZ Country Music Awards, MLT Songwriting Awards, various concerts & busking competitions.

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


Event Tickets / Admission

(Please note tickets go on sale on the 11th of March, 2019).


Philip Geary, Convenor - Phone: 03 208 1978  |  Cell: 027 208 0027 | Email: info@goldguitars.co.nz



Certified Self Contained Motorhome & Caravan Parking

Book in to stay for the week: Gore A&P Showgrounds (Campgrounds). Arrive in time for the Walk Up Concert, Wednesday the 29th May, 2019. 

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. 

Further details call Bevin on 027 644 9909 or email bevroynz@yahoo.co.nz, but no bookings required for non-powered sites.

Prices: $5.00 pn/pv for non-powered sites, and $10 pn/pv for powered sites. Toilet and shower facilities available.