Byron Bay Bluesfest

Thurs 24 March to Mon 28 March 2016

Busking Comp

Bluesfest Busking Comp



Applications are now open for the 2016 Bluesfest Busking Comp

The Bluesfest Busking Comp has become a highly sought after national annual event which sees music come alive in Byron Bay in high proportions in the week lead up to Bluesfest – setting the stage for an ever impressive Bluesfest commencement. The Competition is about giving an opportunity to artists to deliver their music to an otherwise unattainable audience from an international Bluesfest following.

With the ever expanding prizes for 2016 including the opportunity to Open the Delta Stage at Bluesfest 2016 and recording packages also up for grabs, artists are welcomed from across Australia to partake in this ever expanding Competition.

The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the week leading up to Bluesfest igniting the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from across the country for their chance to take to the stage at Bluesfest. For anyone who hasn’t gotten your applications in we suggest you get onto it as a matter of urgency with applications closing on the 29th February 2016.


The Busking Vibes at Bluesfest continue with the Busking Stage showcasing a selection of amazing talent from the pool of competition entrants. You will also see Roving Buskers embracing the Bluesfest spirit and crowds, popping up throughout the festival grounds providing that added extra musical encounter for the Bluesfest fans.


Bluesfest Busking Open Event (Over 18’s)

With expansion of the Open Event to allow for the Comp to be more accessible and attainable on a National basis, the Open Busking Comp now encompasses a Preliminary Process. This process requires all applicants to submit 1 x ‘live’, recent (within the past 12 months) YouTube or similar video sharing website recording of a full original song.  This will then be reviewed by a panel that will convene to select 40 artists who will move through to the semi-finals which are held at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay on the 21st and 22nd March 2016.



From there, 6 finalists will be selected to play on the finals day at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday the 25th March 2016. All finalists will have the opportunity to play on the Busking Stage at Bluesfest with the Winners having the opportunity to open the Delta Stage on Easter Monday of Bluesfest plus there are many other prizes such as recording packages available for the winners.


Want To Enter???

For further information on this and to submit your application please follow the below link to the online Registration Form:


Open Event Application Form



Bluesfest Busking Grommet Event (Under 18’s)

This is such an amazing opportunity for young performers from around Australia to obtain a first-hand experience of the music industry and an artist’s eye view of one of the world’s largest musical events.

The Grommet event is held in Byron Bay (location TBA) the weekend before Bluesfest kicks off and provides many opportunities for Grommets throughout the region. The Busking Team have embraced the chance to provide opportunities to the Grommets providing stage opportunities at Bluesfest for finalists along with potential opportunities for Roaming Busking at Bluesfest 2016.

Any young artists wanting to enter the competition will have the opportunity to play in the Grommet Heats in Byron Bay (location TBA) on the 19th and 20th March 2016 with 3 performances chosen by the judges progressing to the finals at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday the 25th March 2016. All finalists plus a selection of other artists will have the opportunity to play at the Busking Stage at Bluesfest with recording opportunities available for the Winners of the Comp with other prizes to be announced.

Want To Enter???

For further information on this and submission of your application please follow the below link to the online Registration Form:


Grommet Event Application Form


Dates for 2016

Applications Open: December 2015

Applications Close: 29th February 2016

Open Semi-finals in Byron Bay: 21 and 22 March 2016

Grommet Heats in Byron Bay: 19 and 20 March 2016

Finals at Beach Hotel Bryon Bay: 25 March 2016



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

2015 Grizzlee Train

2015 Hoo8Hoo

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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