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KATIE Noo­nan, one of Queens­land’s best known singer-song­writ­ers, has agreed to lead the mu­si­cal com­po­nent for next year’s Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies.

The Courier-Mail be­lieves that while no con­tract has been signed, the three-time ARIA award win­ner has ver­bally ac­cepted the role of mu­si­cal di­rec­tor for the book­end events in April, fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

It comes af­ter Noo­nan (pic­tured) made her suc­cess­ful de­but as the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the re­cent State Gov­ern­ment-backed Queens­land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which in­cluded a spe­cial guest ap­pear­ance by John Farn­ham singing his hit You’re The Voice to raise aware­ness for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Noo­nan, 40, is the first Queens­land­born artist to take on the role at the bi­en­nial fes­ti­val for many years, and it is un­der­stood the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment was search­ing for the same lo­cal flavour at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

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