Waking Ugly

Pop/Rock/Easy Listening Duo

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Waking Ugly is the pop/rock outfit that can provide a range of entertainment, from subtle background cover songs to an outstanding original showcase.

Originally from Melbourne, Darren Pace and Lydia Gardner are true professionals, having played their own songs and/or countless cover songs at all kinds of venues and events over many years.

Gardner’s vocals, described as “sugar-sweet but with enough strength to carry a bus load of school children” (Beat Magazine, 2010) and guitarist Pace’s “keen ear for a hook” (Fireworks Magazine, 2014) have resulted in comparisons to artists such as P!nk, Roxette, Blondie, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The dynamic duo have won several international awards and played at notable live music venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, where they now reside.

Throughout their career, Darren and Lydia have won multiple international awards for their original music, including several Indie Music Channel awards, Music Scene Investigation's 'Artist of the Year' award, and 'Best Pop/Rock EP' in the Akademia awards.

Waking Ugly has also achieved semi-finalist or runner-up status in the prestigious Song of the Year competition for the past 4 years.

Upcoming events for this artist 'Waking Ugly'
Sun, 12th Aug 2018
Waking Ugly Acoustic Show
Waking Ugly (Pop / Rock / Easy Listening Duo)
4:00PM The Bluewater
Thu, 30th Aug 2018
Underground Showcase
Waking Ugly (Pop / Rock / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Elixir Tapas Bar
Fri, 14th Sep 2018
Friday Fun with Waking Ugly
Waking Ugly (Pop / Rock / Easy Listening Duo)
9:00PM Salt House
   
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Set list
I'M YOURS - JASON MRAZ
THINKING OUT LOUD - ED SHEERAN
SLOW HANDS - NIALL HORAN
YOU’RE SO VAIN - CARLY SIMON
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER - BON JOVI
ACCIDENTALLY KELLY STREET - FRENTE
IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP - ACDC
GIVE ME ONE REASON - TRACY CHAPMAN
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - MARVIN GAYE
MASCARA - KILLING HEIDI
TIMES LIKE THESE - THE FOOFIGHTERS
UNDER THE MILKY WAY - THE CHURCH
FALL AT YOUR FEET - CROWDED HOUSE
MOUTH - MERRIL BAINBRIDGE
WHAT LOVERS DO - MAROON 5
WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER - TAYLOR SWIFT
WALKIN' ON SUNSHINE - KATRINA & THE WAVES
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? - THE SHIRELLES
SON OF A PREACHER MAN - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Influences
Pat Benatar
Kylie
Katy Perry
P!nk
The Beatles
ACDC
Weddings, Parties, Anything
Jason Mraz
Ed Sheeran
The Divinyls
Alanis Morrisette

Gig Highlights
Traditional venues:

Chapel Off Chapel
The Esplanade Hotel
The Bendigo Hotel
Laundry Bar
Eurotrash
Club Voltaire
Dicey Riley's
Courthouse Hotel


Clubs:

Footscray Park Bowls Club
RSL Cairns Esplanade
Hawthorn Club
Kooyong Tennis Club

Charity and Community Events:

Cancer Council Relay for Life
NAB Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser
QV Summer Sounds
Grampians Music Festival
Pie Face Pie Jam
Hobsons Bay Council ‘Busk A Move’ Program
Save Williamstown Fundraiser
CPL 70th Anniversary Picnic

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