Byron Bay Bluesfest

Thurs 24 March to Mon 28 March 2016
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Busking Comp

The Bluesfest Busking for 2014 has been yet another huge success with all involved providing amazing feedback regarding every aspect of the event. The supporters of this comp were pleasantly surprised with the array of amazing talent that has courageously battled it out the week prior to the Bluesfest for the winning position. This competition provides for such fantastic opportunities for unsigned artists as they take a leap of faith with their musical prowess on the line.

The finals kicked off at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday with a Welcome to Country by Pete ‘Jangala’ before the three Grommet finalists hit the stage. First up was The Black Harrys who travelled all the way from Melbourne to be a part of the competition and their busking ability certainly shone through. Next up were Jack ‘n’ Pen a young local duo from Alstonville with Pen’s truly amazing voice she definitely silenced the audience. Finally, young local lads ‘Craig 3 Members’ certainly showed the audience what a harmony is. It’s amazing to see such talent coming from young aspiring musicians. The judge’s decision was an extremely difficult one but one that saw the young fellas Craig 3 Members deservingly take out the competition.

The open event soon took shape and Eddie Boyd & the Phatapillers certainly set the standard showing their true talents and being completely at one with their presence and the stage. They were then followed by an amazing mix of musicians including Two Lions, an amazing folk duo from Mullumbimby then came two young musicians that awed the crowd in the heats. Simon Wright Band then belted out some cool blues tunes making it a fun family affair. The crew from Free Like Me were performance number five showing their amazing spirits and skills on stage. Then finally a gorgeous solo performer by the name of Mark Lowndes graced the stage to finish off what was a spectacular day. But there can be only one winner and for 2014 and that was Eddie Boyd & the Phatapillers, check them out at . 

About the Busking Comp
The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a previously untapped national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest instigating the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from around the country for the chance to take out the prize.
This exclusive, sought after competition is designed specifically to give unsigned artists an opportunity, providing a key stepping stone for their career development! There are countless prizes available including a stage position at Bluesfest for the open winner. The Busking vibes and opportunities continue with the funky Bluesfest Busking stage and roving buskers throughout the festival providing a wealth of talent. Further to festival performance opportunities, prizes include such prospects as recording time at Studio 301 in Byron for the winners plus much more.

Want to Enter??

2015 Applications open around the end of November.   Become a fan of the Busking Facebook page for all updates and relevant information

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is coordinated in its entirety by Anita Colenbrander Entertainment (ACE). For further information please contact:

Open Event: Anita Colenbrander on 0418 322 019 or email
Grommet Event: Melissa Moss on 0400 069 955 or email  


Previous Winners

The Open Winners

The Grommet Winners

2014 Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillers

2014 Craig (3 Members)

2013 Claire Anne Taylor

2013 Nick & Sam

2012 Brother Fox

2012 Lifeline

2011 Minnie Marks


2010 Hussy Hicks


2009 Kim Churchill


2008 Matty Devitt Band


2007 Marshall and the Fro


2006 Fire Tree


2005 Engine Three Seven


2004 Adahmo


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