The Bluesfest Busking Comp is an opportunity for emerging unsigned musicians to cultivate their career direction. In its ninth year of development, the event is proving to be bigger and better than anticipated with an exclusive category available for the youth of the area in an under-18s grommet event.
The prospect of showcasing their musical abilities to a whole new market reach is any budding musician’s desire. Festival director Peter Noble has embraced this event supporting the notion that this is the sort of exposure developing musicians dream of.
The Bluesfest Busking Comp is setting the standard for playing a key role in a musician’s career advancement. It is certainly evident when we see the accomplishment of previous winners from the Bluesfest Busking Comp, which include the likes of Kim Churchill, Hussy Hicks and last year’s winner Minnie Marks – Bluesfest Busking Comp was a part of their career development.
Prizes for this year include the opportunity to play at Bluesfest 2012, a meet-and-greet with Mama Kin and John Butler (for the grommets), recording packages and a whole lot more.
The heats for the open event are being held exclusively at the Beach Hotel in Byron with a revolving range of exceptional talent throughout the day on March 13, 14 and 15 with the grommets scheduled to take the stage at the Byron YAC on March 1 and 18 for their exclusive event.
There will then be a finals showcase event as we see the finalists battle it out on the 4 April, the eve of the commencement of Bluesfest. This event is being held at the Beach Hotel with the grommet finals commencing at 4pm followed by the finals of the open event. Be sure to also count on some exciting surprises for the evening.
Head on down to these free events to catch the fresh raw blues sounds of the emerging musical talent of our times as we support their career development. For more information visit the Bluesfest website at www.bluesfest.com.au.
photo: 2011 Bluesfest Busking Comp entrant Marisa Quigley