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Bluesfest hopefuls are tuning their guitars and getting fired up for the 2019 Bluesfest Busking Comp which starts this weekend.

Organisers say the standard of the competition is high and the talent inspiring.

This year there are almost 70 emerging artists of all ages who are excitedly polishing their songs for the opportunity to perform in front of a Bluesfest audience at the 2019 festival.

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the unofficial start to Bluesfest, kicking off the weekend before with the Grommet Heats, held at the Byron Youth Centre, Saturday 13 April from 9am.

This year the grommet comp will be held in conjunction with the Byron Flea market, a fabulous initiative focusing on youth arts.

Following on from the Grommets, the Open Semi-finals event takes over the Byron Bay Brewery on Sunday 14th and Monday, 15th April from 5pm daily.

The finale will take place at the iconic top pub in Byron, The Beach Hotel on Wednesday evening, 17 April from 5pm, where nine of the best will take to the stage for the Bluesfest Busking finals show-down.

A previous Bluesfest busking finalist, who is currently No. 1 on the musical charts and selling out shows everywhere will close the show on the night.

For more information and to keep updated, follow the event on social media @bluesfestbusking.


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