Gore Country Music Festival
The whole town of Gore will be alive with country music and a fun vibe this Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Events across the week include the NZ Country Music Awards on Thursday 31 May, the Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking competition closing with a street party on June 2, and the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards closes the week with the coveted gold guitar presented at the senior final on Sunday 3 June.
New this year, is the MLT Music Round Up which will feature live music in MLT bars on Friday 1 June. Most of those gigs have no cover charge.
The NZ Country Music Awards showcases the country’s top country music artists writing original country music songs, as well as the finalists in the MLT Songwriting competition.
Well-known Southland musician Annah Mac and ukulele band The Nukes will share their songwriting expertise and music industry knowledge along with APRA head of NZ Operations Anthony Healey at the MLT Songwriting seminar on Friday 1 June.
The Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking competition begins with auditions over several days, including a schools competition, and the best buskers perform in the finals on Saturday 2 June.
The competition is open to anyone to perform, and there’s a very enticing cash prize of $1000 for the top buskers in both the plugged and unplugged categories.
This year the finals will be held outdoors for the first time, with Medway Street closed to traffic. A BBQ, mulled wine and oysters will be available, and the Hokonui Community Market will also have stalls.
It's straight after the truck parade, which is very popular with families.