A GOOD SPORT
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
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.