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Bluesfest busking, Buttered

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is a community engagement initiative, established 19 years ago by a group of dedicated, local musical souls – proudly executed by ACE, and fully supported and fostered by Peter Noble and the Bluesfest family.

The busking project has become the perfect platform for unsigned, original, Australian artists to showcase their talents to an untapped audience, an opportunity providing a key stepping stone for their musical career development. This project is held in Byron Bay in the week leading up to Bluesfest, when 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 prize: to play a main stage at Bluesfest!

Other prizes include recording time in a well-known Byron Bay studio, gigs, mentorships, guitars, produced film clips, hand-painted guitar cases and loads more.

The Bluesfest Busking stage is the underground stage, where nobody knows your name – just yet – before a showcase over the Bluesfest weekend of every semi-finalist that enters the comp, and this year Bluesfest busking satge will be hosting some surprise guests! Be sure to check us out at Bluesfest 2023.

Applications close 10 March 2023

Grommet semi-finals, Beach Hotel, Sunday 2 April, 12pm.

Open semi-finals, Beach Hotel, Sunday 2 April, 7pm.

The finals, Beach Hotel, Wednesday 5 April.

The Bluesfest Busking Comp showdown is a free event at the Beach Hotel.

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