Bluesfest Busking Competition


Every year we look forward to seeing a new era of Bluesfest Busking emerge as we continue to transform and up the stakes of the competition. Finalists will be given the chance to play what could quite possibly be the most important gig of their life on the Bluesfest Delta Stage in front of an international audience of festival-goers and music industry elites looking for a new sound that has the potential to go the whole nine yards.

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 stepping stone 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 majority of finalists and live music performances in the Byron Music Tent for runners up.  Further to festival performances up for grabs Bluesfest Busking’s major sponsors deliver goodies, including recording time at ‘La Cueva Recording’ and ‘Rocking Horse Studios’ in Byron for the winners, paid gigs at Buskers by the Creek, clothing vouchers, Fender & Yamaha & Gretch gift packs from Byron Music plus loads more to be announced.


The important stuff: 

If you want to be a part of the talent that is Bluesfest Byron Bay’s Busking Competition, you got to:

  • Submit a live original performance with your application
  • Pass the review process by the experts on the Bluesfest Byron Bay Busking Competition judging panel


  • 30 x ‘Over 18’ applicants and 20 x ‘Grommet’ hopefuls are selected through to the semi-finals

Taking place in Byron Bay in the week prior to Bluesfest, a panel of industry representatives will select;

  • 6 x Over 18 applicants and 3 x Grommet performers to progress to the finals

The finals are held at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Wednesday before the festival kicks off.

Previous Open Winners 

2019 Electrik Lemonade

2018 Sametime

2017 Tay Oskee

2016 Ivy

2015 Grizzlee Train

2014 Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars

2013 Claire Anne Taylor

2012 Brother Fox

2011 Minnie Marks

Check out Tones and I perform at the Busking Competition in 2019!

Previous Grommet Winners 

2019 Palm Valley

2018 Neon Inferno

2017 Molly Millington

2016 MAPLE

2015 Hoo8Hoo

2014 Craig

2013 Nick & Sam

2012 Lifeline

Check out the Busking Competition Facebook or Instagram for more or email with any queries.