An eclectic mix of rising musicians will be taking part in the 15th Annual Bluesfest Busking Competition, with the six winners getting the chance to play at the festival.
Organisers said the busking competition would kick off on Saturday, 24 March, at 9am at the Byron Youth Activity Centre with the annual Grommet Bluesfest Busking Comp.
‘This initiative has been instilled as a key part of the Annual Bluesfest history and has such a strong growing force behind it,’ organisers said.
‘This is the perfect opportunity to kick start your 2018 Bluesfest experience with a hive of excitement and an eclectic mix of rising musos offering their best with a wealth of free entertainment.’
The event on Saturday will see 24 artists take to the stage.
‘This is a competition and three artists will be chosen by an industry panel of judges to play the Beach Hotel for the Finals Day Event kicking off at 12pm on Good Friday,’ organisers said.
‘The next chapter in this event will see the Open Semi-finalists take to the stage at the Byron Bay Brewery over the Tuesday and Wednesday evening of the 27 and 28 March, commencing at 5pm daily.
‘Each evening will see 20 artists putting themselves before the judges for the chance to progress into the finals.
‘A place in the finals will guarantee them a stage slot on the Delta Stage for the 2018 Bluesfest event – a true dream come true for six artists.
‘We then welcome you to join the absolute buzz that is a packed day at the Beach Hotel for the finals day on Easter Friday, the combined Grommet and Open Finalists hitting the stage from 12pm.’