Waking Ugly
  • Melbourne, VICtoria
  • Australia
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  • 1.
    Always Christmas Time
  • 2.
    Be My Valentine (demo)
  • 3.
    You Know You Wanna
  • 4.
    Pop Song
  • 5.
    Must Be Love
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  • 9.
    Guess It's Over
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  • 11.
    Three Simple Words
  • 12.
    Good Times
  • 13.
    You Know You Wanna (Bonfire Remix)
  • 14.
    Three Days, Three Nights (demo)

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About Waking Ugly:

Waking Ugly is a pop/rock band originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia, fronted by co-writers Lydia Gardner and Darren Pace.
Pace spent many years honing his craft playing bass and guitar in original and cover bands all over Australia, most notably, as the support act for Status Quo at Rod Laver Arena and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Meanwhile, Gardner cut her teeth in musical theatre, becoming what is known in the industry as a “triple threat”, where she played lead roles in ‘Shout!’, ‘Urinetown’ and ‘Stepping Out’, as well as joining the ensemble in many other shows.
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 live music venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns, where they now reside.
Their recently released album 'You Know You Wanna', features the hit titular track along with other radio favourites including 'Must Be Love' and 'Zombies'.


2018 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Nominee - Best Pop Demo

2017 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Winner - Best Alternative Song
Nominee - Song of the Year
Nominee - Album of the Year

2016 Pop Radio Awards:
Winner - Best Pop Song

2016 Song of the Year Awards:
Runner-up - Best Pop Song

2016 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Winner - Best Pop Demo
Nominee – Best R&B Demo

2015 Music Scene Investigation Awards:
Winner - Artist of the Year

2015 Akademia Music Awards:
Winner - Best Pop Rock EP

2015 Song of the Year Awards:
Semi-finalist - Best Pop Song

2014 Pop Radio Awards:
Winner - Best Pop Song

2014 Song of the Year Awards:
Semi-finalist - Best Pop Song

2014 IMC Songwriter Awards:
Nominee - Best Pop Songwriter
Nominee - Best Rock Songwriter

2014 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Winner - Best Rock Recording
Nominee - Recording of the Year
Nominee - Best Rock Artist
Nominee - Best Rock Song

2013 IMC Songwriter Awards:
Nominee - Best Pop Songwriter

2013 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Winner - Recording of the Year
Winner - Best Pop Recording
Nominee - Album of the Year

2012 Online Music Awards:
Nominee - Best Pop Act
Nominee - Best International Act

2012 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards:
Winner - Best Pop Band
Nominee - Band of the Year

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At 4:19pm on May 9, 2018, Ameera York said…
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!

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