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Join in and celebrate raw country music talent at New Zealand’s greatest country music event, the NZ Gold Guitar Awards.

For almost half a century, hundreds of amateur country musicians of all ages have travelled to Gore, Southland, to compete for the coveted Gold Guitar Award.

Three days of auditions and spectacular finals night events showcase the best in junior/intermediate and senior categories. There’s a country music showcase concert that’s part of the 40 plus and 60 plus final, where a stand-out country music contributor is inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame.

The Gold Guitar winner receives a comprehensive prize package to set them on the road to country music stardom.

This prestigious event - the longest running and largest country music club competition in New Zealand - is why Gore is known as the `NZ Capital of Country Music.’

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


When: Friday 2 June - Sunday 4 June 2023


iTICKET Events:

• MLT NZ Gold Guitar Junior & Intermediate Finals

  Saturday 3 June 2023, 6.30pm

  Adults $38 + booking fee

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


• MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards Senior Finals
  Sunday 4 June 2023, 7.00pm

  Adults $45 + booking fee

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

Tickets on sale in early February 2023 at


Door Sales Events:

• Auditions, Friday 3 June 2022, Adults $12 and Senior $8 

• Auditions, Saturday 4 June 2022, Adults $12 and Senior $8

• Sunday 5 June 2022, 1.00pm which includes the 40+ and 60+ finals
  and the MLT Showcase, Adults $18, Seniors $14

• Three Day Audition Pass $42 Adults and $30 Seniors          

Children under the age of 17 are free for auditions.

Entries for the 2023 competition open late January 2023. 
For information and entries:

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