Waking Ugly
  • Melbourne, VICtoria
  • Australia
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Waking Ugly is a pop/rock band from Melbourne, Australia, fronted by co-writers Lydia Gardner (vocals) and Darren Pace (guitar).

After many years performing and writing together, Darren and Lydia recorded their debut release, Say Something Sweet (EP) in 2010. They combined their favourite elements of pop and rock music, resulting in an irresistible mesh they describe as “ear candy that’s a little crunchy”.

Say Something Sweet received an overwhelmingly positive response from both local and international critics, with Gardner’s vocals, described as “sugar-sweet but with enough strength to carry a bus load of school children” (Beat Magazine, 2010) and Pace’s “keen ear for a hook” (Fireworks Magazine, 2014) resulting in comparisons to greats such as P!nk, Roxette, Blondie, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The dynamic duo have won several awards, including Best Pop Band (2012), Recording of the Year (2013), Best Rock Recording (2014), Best Pop Demo (2016) and Best Alternative Song (2017) at the Indie Music Channel Awards, Best Pop/Rock EP (2015) at the Akademia Music Awards, Artist of the Year (2015) in the Music Scene Investigation Awards and Best Pop Song (2015 & 2016) in the Pop Radio Music Awards.
They have also received many nominations, including placing as Semi-Finalists (2014 & 2015) and Runner-up (2016) in the prestigious Song of the Year competition.

Waking Ugly have played at several well-known venues, including the world-famous Esplanade Hotel in their hometown and hotspots in other major cities such as Brisbane and Sydney. They can also be spotted busking (street performing) in the city of Melbourne during the Summer months.

'You Know You Wanna', their long-awaited debut album, will be released on November 17, 2017.

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At 4:12am on April 18, 2017, Todd Kowaluk said…
Will do ... And congratulations. That's very exciting.
At 4:23pm on April 6, 2017, Todd Kowaluk said…
I know it's a long way from down under !
At 4:22pm on April 6, 2017, Todd Kowaluk said…
I'm wondering with all your nomination this year are you kids coming to the awards April 23rd ?
At 4:05am on March 24, 2017, Todd Kowaluk said…

Great Music W U, I just checked out your nominated song "guess it's over"...Really nice upbeat too. Sounds Great!! Great Name ! I'm liking it  !!

At 1:19pm on July 9, 2015, The Flowered Gnomes said…

Hi, we're new to the site, saying hello! Great music!

At 1:23pm on May 6, 2013, Ameir Smith said…

Was great meeting you guys! Till we meet again.. All the best!!


At 5:43pm on May 31, 2012, MELIA said…
Ha ha Yes those solos are by me. I did all the guitars on my EP. Being a girl I get that question alot! LOL! Thanks again and we will def stay in touch.
xo Melia
At 8:31pm on May 23, 2012, MELIA said…

Great music and Great to meet you both in LA!  It was an amazing event.  hope to see you again soon.  Please stay in touch with us!

xoxo Melia

At 11:50pm on May 20, 2012, Tivoli Skye said…

thanks for writing back- and or liking who I am :)  My mum loved you guys as well- wish we could have stayed longer and had other fun with you guys! What a trip you made- and totally worth it ! Hope meeting up again in is our future :) You are lovely people and artists !Keep in touch!

 To bed with me ! <3 Tivoli Skye!

 If you have a facebook page share the link with me :)

At 6:00pm on May 10, 2012, Tivoli Skye said…

So great meeting you guys ! only wish we had more time!!! YOu are amazing and looked wonderful on Sunday night <3 Tivoli Skye !


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