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Australian National Busking Championships™ - South East Queensland Regional Finals

The 2017 Busking @ Stanthorpe competition has it's own website:



Busking Queries: Perditta O'Connor 0427670150

Presented by The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe.

Presented by The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe.

Stanthorpe will be hosting the Australian National Busking Championships™ -South East Queensland Regional Finals on Saturday 27 February, as part of the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival.  During this event Stanthorpe will be the “Busking Capital” for the whole of the South East Queensland Region.

Come and join us for a feast of fabulous music with performers from all over South East Queensland covering all styles of music from rock to pop, jazz to blues, country to classical and everything in between. Watch as they battle it out for prizes of up to $1000 and a place in the National Championships later in the year.

Buskers Lineup


Here are some of the buskers registered to perform on Saturday. 

Make sure you come and vote for your favourites with Busking $$$ available for purchase from the Apple & Grape office from Friday. The finalists and winners will be announced at a FREE concert in Weeroona park from 4.30 on Saturday evening.  Be sure to be there.

  • Katie Who from Tugun – Energetic Folk Rock artist 
  • Bush Nutz- four piece band – three guitarists and a drummer
  • Nobby – done n Dusted – plays drums with his feet, plays guitar and performs original songs, blues and rock covers
  • Kimmy K – Guitarist and vocals – performs Original songs blues Indie and rock covers
  • From Tamworth 19 year old Chloe Nott – Instrumental Blue Grass banjo – search Chloe Nott on You Tube
  • From Toowoomba Sue Ray – well known and acclaimed indie singer/songwriter – album – Red Roses 
  • 17 year old Rowan Russell from Kenmore – Simply a man with a guitar and a passion for music
  • Locals Stephen Grubic and Mia Paillier in the group Aestas – chilled easy listening indie
  • Well known locals Sarah and David Hume will entertain with the sweet sounds of Sarah’s unique voice and David’s outstanding guitar playing
  • Young Stanthorpe group Chasing The Fence – Ellie Lewis, Edmund Creevy and Zane Hume will entertain with guitar and easy listening vocals
  • 14 year old Mahli Mayhew – a talented flute player will perform solo
  • Jason Mayhew will entertain with Acoustic Guitar and vocals
  • Toowoomba Based Gene Clarke is an 18 year old guitarist and will bring passionate acoustic vibes
  • Talented and popular local vocalist Georgia Marcus will be performing a selection of eclectic Indie pop – check out her on line on Facebook at Georgia Marcus Music & Entertainment
  • Marion (Murdita) Beer – from the Summit
  • Popular local guitar player and singer – Mario Costanzo will be busking his way around the venues
  • The youngsters from Dalveen State School– students from 5-11 years will be showcasing their musical talents
  • The Wuppies – the Stanthorpe and Warwick Yukele group will present middle of the road and popular numbers.
  • Local Country Group – Country Music Bushies (Ron & Liz Look) – will present Country Music.
  • Local Gregory Starr another local will bring Slim Dusty songs to the street
  • Stanthorpe guitar player and vocalist Mark Carter will be presenting a selection of Folk and Country songs
  • The String Family Quartet winners of the Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma in November will be performing their classical crossover – catch some of their performances at
  • 31 Waves – Georgia Knight and Ben Wilcox – vocal and acoustics guitar duo will be presenting covers and originals – catch up with them on face book – 31 Waves
  • From Tivoli 15 year old Laura Luscombe will bring her unique contemporary sound to the streets of Stanthorpe – catch her performances on YouTube
  • Laura & Zoe Sage and Sound

A highlight of the day and the FREE evening concert will be special performances by Bush Poet and Stanthorpe legend Jack Drake – be sure not to miss that

There will also be a very special performance by the Short Street Connection – the musical group from Stanthorpe Support Services – this will be a not to be missed performance – you will find them in the Piazza around 10.30 – please give them your support


Busking stations sponsored by local businesses will be allocated in the main street on Saturday 27 February and busking will commence at 9am, with sets lasting around 30 minutes. Buskers will move to different stations throughout the course of the day and wrap up at 3pm.

The judges will be moving throughout the street during the day selecting finalists. A list of finalists will be posted in the Apple & Grape shop front at 3:30pm (corner of Railway and Maryland Streets - diagonally opposite the Post Office).

Finalists will perform at the Finals concert in Weeroona Park Band Shell from 4pm until approximately 7:30pm.

Rotary will have their food van in the park with yummy food available  and chairs for the public to sit and cheer the buskers on.  This event is a free family event and will be alcohol free. 

The people's choice award is decided by the public voting with Rotary Dollars purchased at the Apple & Grape shop for $1 a ticket. The tickets sold also go into a lucky prize draw during the concert.

Busking Stations

  • Top Pub
  • Country Lane Lifestyle
  • Cec Mann Real Estate
  • Central Hotel
  • Lifestyle Footwear / Gleesons Mercery
  • Australia Post
  • The Alley Aracde
  • Stpe Country Op Shop
  • Go Vita Shop – IGA
  • Stpe Print N Copy
  • Rustic Coffee Lounge
  • Country Club Hotel
  • Piazza
  • Maddies Gift Gallery
  • 77 Café 77
  • Foxy's Bakery
  • Zest Pastries
  • O'Maras Hotel


  • Open (Adult) Section: $1,000 - Open Champion, $300 - Second Place, $200 - Third Place
  • People’s Choice Award - $700 - Winner, $200 - Second Place, $100 - Third Place
  • Best Band Award ( for bands/groups of 3 or more) - $500 – Winner
  • Primary Section (for primary school students)- $300 - Winner, $200 - Second Place, $100 - Third Place
  • Secondary Section (for high school students)- $500 - Winner, $200 - Second Place, $100 - Third Place
  • Special Judges Awards - $200.00 - Special Award/s

Entry forms

Entry forms are now available. Entry fees $20 per person, maximum $50 per group. 


The judges for this event are Allan Spencer the founder of the ANBC  and his wife Leslie Schindler as his assistant judge. Graham French a retired architect who was a Tenor in Opera Australia in his younger life who has maintained a passion for music and been a judge for the ANBC for the  last 4 years.The forth judge is from Brisbane James Lloyd who is the founder and director of the Brisbane School of Guitar. He has been a teacher and performer in the music industry for 40 years.

About The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC)

The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is now in its fourth year. During these years, the ANBC has been held exclusively in Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia's Snowy Mountains. The ANBC organizing committee has planned these early years as the first stage in the ANBC vision for the future.

The Stanthorpe Regional Finals are part of the next stage, which is to make this event a truly National Championship by holding Regional Finals Championships in various towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will then be invited to compete in the Grand Final back in Cooma on the first weekend in November of each year.

The Stanthorpe Rotary Club will be presenting this event in 2016. Rotary’s aim is to make ANBC Stanthorpe an annual event which will benefit local businesses and the whole region.

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