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Applications are now open for The Bluesfest Busking Comp 2017 at Byron Bay. This exclusive, sought after competition is designed specifically to give unsigned artists an opportunity, providing a key stepping stone for their career development! There are countless prizes available including a stage position at Bluesfest for the open winner. The Busking vibes and opportunities continue with the funky Bluesfest Busking stage and roving buskers throughout the festival providing a wealth of talent. Further to festival performance opportunities, prizes include such prospects as recording time at Studio 301 in Byron for the winners plus much more.

is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a previously untapped national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest instigating the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from around the country for the chance to take out the prize. Past winners of the prestigious event include Kim Churchill, Claire Anne Taylor, The Hussy Hicks, Marshall O’Kell and Grizzle Train.

Kim Churchill

2016 Over 18’s winners, IVY had this to say of their Bluesfest Busking Comp experience “We can’t thank Anita, Melissa, The Judges & team enough for this amazing opportunity. Since playing the comp it has seriously opened some doors for us. We are getting non-stop show offers, interest from agents and record labels. We’ve fallen in love with the town and people of Byron Bay, as mentioned earlier, we’ve made friends for life from this comp. We strongly recommend any up & coming artists to apply. No matter what the outcome, you’ll have the time of your life. Thanks again Bluesfest & Bluesfest Busking Comp! See you on 2017″

IVY – 2016 winners on stage at Bluesfest

The Grommet Heats will be held at the  Three Blue Ducks on the 8th and 9th of April with the Over 18 Semi-finals at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on the 10th and 11th of April and the Busking Finals back at the Beach Hotel on the 14th April. All finalists and a handful of runners up will have the opportunity of playing at Bluesfest on the Busking Stage at the festival.

This competition has been a real highlight of our annual Bluesfest road trips for over a decade now, we have discovered so may new and emerging artists at this event. So if your heading to Bluesfest 2017 make sure you head on up a few days early, support this fabulous comp, the venues and the artists, we guarantee you will catch some of the finest unsigned young artist from all around Australia on stage.