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Busking Comp

The Bluesfest Busking Comp hits its 11th year in 2014 with expansion and development imminent – check out the changes!!

The heats for the Bluesfest Busking Comp are kicking off with the Grommet event this weekend at the Byron YAC commencing each day at 11am. This is followed by the open event which is held at the
Beach Hotel on Byron Monday the 14th and Tuesday the 15th April from 3pm.

This competition is constantly growing and evolving providing opportunities for unsigned artists to gather expansive reach as they embark on their musical career. The chance of performing at the 25th Anniversary of Bluesfest along with a recording package with Studio 301 in Byron Bay are all up for grabs as the artists grace the stages of the YAC and Beach Hotel.

As these musicians provide amazing entertainment within Byron in the lead up to Bluesfest it’s the perfect opportunity to head along and support the musicians in their infancy as they perform with the desire of taking out the competition. The finals will be held at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday and makes for a day of musical revelation with the finalists performing to a packed Beach Hotel providing for an entertaining way to start the Bluefest experience.

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.

Changes for 2014 for the Open Event
Due to influxes of applications over recent years, the open competition has broken capacity with allowances for the heats and an increasing amount of applications have received knock backs. In light of this, a decision to expand the competition to a wider audience and allow for additional applications has eventuated. There will be a preliminary application process where applicants will be required to supply a youtube recording of a ‘live’ performance (see terms and conditions of application for further information). This will then be reviewed in the preliminary process with the next step being the semifinals conducted the Monday and Tuesday prior to Bluesfest followed by the finals on Friday 18th April 2014. This will also allow further ease for those travelling distances.

Want to Enter the Comp?
The heats for the Busking Comp are held prior to the commencement of the Bluesfest at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay for the Open event and the Byron YAC for the Grommets (under 18’s). The finalists are then showcased throughout the day at the Beach Hotel on Friday 18th April with performances on show for a chance to take the winning positions. All finalists and a handful of runners up will have the opportunity of playing at the Busking Stage at the festival with chances available for roving buskers within the festival.
Please complete and return the entry form asap to secure your position in this year’s Bluesfest Busking Comp.

Dates for 2014
Open Semifinals in Byron Bay: 14th & 15th April 2014
Grommet Heats in Byron Bay: 12th & 13th April 2014
Finals Beach Hotel Bryon Bay: 18th April 2014

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

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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