Convener looking now to 2015

Last updated 05:00 03/06/2014
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PLANNING GURU: Philip Geary, in charge of the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, can't sing in tune but can organise a good shindig.

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With the one of the biggest weekends in Gore wrapped up, organisers could not be happier with how it went.

New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards convener Philip Geary said the weekend went off without a hitch, with hundreds of entrants singing their hearts out and hundreds more spectators being entertained by some of Southland's, and New Zealand's, biggest talents in the country music world.

Geary, who has spent two decades on the awards organising committee, said every year they attracted top talent and some years produced stars.

"Some years you know as soon as you hear them sing [a contestant] they are likely to be a winner."

This year, when senior winner Cam Luxton, began singing in the auditions, Geary said he knew he would have a shot at the top title.

About 640 people took to the stage to compete in the junior, intermediate, senior, 40 plus and 60 plus divisions at the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium.

Despite numbers being down on last year's 750 contestants, it was a full house at the stadium on Sunday afternoon and evening.

Next year organisers hope to match that at Saturday night's concert, after it failed to be a sell-out this year, he said.

A debrief will be held next week and it's back to the drawing board to plan for 2015's display of talent. Geary said major change was unlikely.

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