Ris­ing star Tia Gostelow wowed State of Ori­gin fans last year and her next sport­ing as­sign­ment is a gig at Gold Coast’s Com­mon­wealth Games

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She doesn’t spe­cialise in Bar­nesy-wor­thy pub jams or screech­ing Acca Dacca sounds, but still, Tia Gostelow seems to have found her live mu­sic niche at sport­ing events.

Last year she played to an ex­citable crowd of 50,000 at the State of Ori­gin fi­nal, and in only a few short weeks she’ll be per­form­ing to count­less crowds at the Com­mon­wealth Games fes­ti­val, GC2018.

“It’s weird that I seem to be play­ing these sports events be­cause I hate phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ... so much,” she laughs.

“Last year at the State of Ori­gin fi­nal was re­ally cool.

“We were given a day or two no­tice. I think they were try­ing to find some­one – I re­ally don’t know how it came about.

“And just be­fore we went on they were like ‘Can you make it a minute shorter?’”

If the 18-year-old can han­dle a last-minute gig in front of the row­di­est crowd of the an­nual Aussie sport­ing cal­en­dar, GC2018 should be a piece of cake.

But that doesn’t take away from her ex­cite­ment, or how flat­tered she is to be tak­ing part.

“I’m from Mackay, in the mid­dle of Queens­land where noth­ing hap­pens,” she says.

“So it was re­ally cool to even be asked.

“It’s some­thing I can say, ‘I played at the Com­mon­wealth Games’.

“I never even thought I’d get to see a Com­mon­wealth Games, so to ac­tu­ally be play­ing is just amaz­ing. “I’m so ex­cited.” One track that fans can lis­ten out for is Tia’s lat­est sin­gle, Hunger.

De­spite be­ing a song Tia wrote about the high school ex­pe­ri­ence, it holds a mes­sage many Aus­tralians will find re­lat­able, about not be­ing “al­lowed” to cel­e­brate your achieve­ments.

“It’s harder to suc­ceed if there are peo­ple try­ing to make you feel bad about what­ever you’re work­ing to­wards,” she says.

“I think it comes down to jeal­ousy as well, when I went to school I couldn’t talk about things I was do­ing be­cause peo­ple didn’t care.

“When other peo­ple are suc­ceed­ing I love to sup­port them.

“So now I’m not in high school any­more I have peo­ple only now try­ing to talk to me and I just don’t think that’s right.”

Hunger is just a taste of Tia’s up­com­ing de­but al­bum, which she of­fi­cially com­pleted early March, with a June/July re­lease date. Lucky crowds might get a few more teasers when she per­forms on the GC in April. Tia Gostelow, play­ing along­side Sa­hara Beck and Greta Stan­ley, April 8 at GC2018.

Tia Gostelow will per­form at next month’s Com­mon­wealth Games fes­ti­val, GC2018.

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