Bluesfest Busking Competition

Bluesfest Busking will be celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2024! We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings, exposing some ridiculous homemade talent along the way, and you could be next! 2024 we see a new era of Bluesfest Busking emerge as we continue to transform and up the stakes of the competition for 2024. Bluesfest Busking Comp finalists will be given the chance to play what could quite possibly be the most important gig of their life on a Bluesfest MAIN Stage, playing in front of a global audience of punters and music industry alike looking for that new sound that has the potential to go the whole nine yards – and this could be you!!



The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the perfect platform for unsigned, original, Australian artists to showcase their talents to an untapped audience, an opportunity by providing a key steppingstone for your musical career development!

The Competition is held in and around Byron Bay in the week leading up to Bluesfest, igniting the Bluesfest buzz, the town comes to life with live performances from musicians travelling from all corners of the country for the chance to win this exclusive, sought-after competition.

Countless prizes and opportunities will unveil themselves, including main stage performances at Bluesfest for the winner and live music performances on the BLUESFEST BUSKING STAGE for all Semi-finalists.

Further to festival performances up for grabs, Bluesfest Busking’s major sponsors deliver goodies, including recording time at ‘La Cueva Recording’ in Byron for the grommet winner, paid gigs at various venues, photoshoot’s & digital press kit, gift packs from Byron Music plus loads more to be announced.




Bluesfest 2023 Busking Competition Winners, Perry Street Park and Da Manager.

Perry Street Park
Watch 2023 YouTube recap.




2023 Perry Street Park 2023 Da Manager
2022 Buttered 2022 Loose Content
2021 Bronte Eve 2021 Ben Swissa
2019 Electrik Lemonade 2019 Palm Valley
2018 Sametime 2018 Neon Inferno
2017 Tay Oskee 2017 Molly Millington
2016 IVY 2016 MAPLE
2015 Grizzlee Train 2015 Hoo8Hoo – Now ‘Sametime’
2014 Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars 2014 Craig (3 Members) – Now ‘Parcels’
2013 Claire Anne Taylor 2013 Nick & Sam
2012 Brother Fox 2012 Lifeline – Now ‘Parcels’
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