Waking Ugly

Originally from Melbourne, Darren Pace and Lydia Gardner are true professionals, having played their own songs and 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 earned them comparisons to artists such as P!nk, Roxette, Blondie, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Throughout their career, Darren and Lydia have won multiple international awards for their own 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. They have also achieved semi-finalist or runner-up status in the prestigious Song of the Year competition for the past 5 years.

Now residing in Cairns, Waking Ugly has fast become one of the most in-demand acts in Far North Queensland. With a stellar repertoire of hit cover songs and catchy originals, this is an acoustic duo sure to please any crowd.


2019 Akademia Music Awards    
Nominee - Akademia Executive Award 

2019 Music City Song Star Awards    

2018 Song of the Year Awards    

2017 Song of the Year Awards 

2017 Indie Music Channel Awards
Winner - Best Alternative Song 
Nominee - Song of the Year 
Nominee - Album of the Year 
Nominee - Best Pop Song 
Nominee - Best Pop Recording

Nominee - Best Pop Band 
Nominee - Best Contemporary Country Song 
Nominee - Best Contemporary Country Recording 
Nominee - Best Rock Song 
Nominee - Best Rock Recording 
Nominee - Best Alternative Recording