Busking titles return to the festival

Some of South East Queensland and northern NSW’s finest street musicians, singers and entertainers will electrify Stanthorpe’s main street and Weeroona Park on Saturday, February 24.

The Australian National Busking Championships South East Queensland Regional Finals
(Busking@Stanthorpe) will be held for the third year in Stanthorpe, and for the second time in
conjunction with the biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.

Following the success of the first Busking@Stanthorpe in 2016, the event has found a permanent home in Stanthorpe, each year attracting thousands of spectators.

Many of the performers return each year and have become crowd favourites at
Busking@Stanthorpe and the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.

Stanthorpe Rotarians are working with the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival committee to create another great event in 2018.

“We love seeing our town filled with music and fun, giving spectators a great day out, introducing up-and- coming performers to a new audience and offering them a chance to hone their performance skills, “ Busking@Stanthorpe co-ordinator Fran Hodgson said.

Solo singers and musicians, duos, trios and groups of any genre, and non-musical street entertainers will compete for a share of $6000 in prize money over numerous categories including age categories, best band, judges’ awards and People’s Choice.

The competition is open to everyone, from primary school aged performers to seasoned
professionals.

Buskers will play in half-hour sessions in 14 locations in Stanthorpe’s main street from 9am to
3.30pm and finalists will perform at a free concert in Weeroona Park from 4pm. Buskers can play as many half-hour sessions as they wish.

Spectators can purchase Busker Dollars for $1 each and give them to their favourite Busker.

The busker who receives the most Busker Dollars wins the People’s Choice Award.

Buskers also keep any cash tips that they receive and are free to sell CDs and merchandise.
Winners of the age categories will qualify to compete in the Australian Busking Championships in Cooma NSW.

The 2015 Australian Busking Champions, The String Family, will be performing at numerous events and venues throughout the 10-day Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, which runs from February 23 - March 4.

Visitors planning to attend Busking@Stanthorpe are encouraged to stay on and enjoy the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival events, which include Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Ball (February 23), Wine Master classes, Open Gardens, a charity bike ride to Storm King Dam, and Banchetto Italiano, a celebration of Italian culture in the Granite Belt. The festival culminates with the Street Carnival, Channel 7 Grand Parade, Multicultural Festival and Wine Fiesta, and Queensland Grape Crushing Championships on March 3-4.

Busking@Stanthorpe entries close on February 16. Entry forms are available at
www.buskingstanthorpe.org.au