Busking competition coming to entertain you

Busking competition coming to entertain you

Musicians from around Central Queensland will take to the streets later this month to entertain you as part of the Australian National Busking Championships’ TM (ANBC) first Gladstone Busking Championships.

Local nursing student Jacinta Bradley, whose music is country with a bit of rock thrown in, said the July 24 event will be an amazing opportunity for the Gladstone Region community.

“I have competed in many music competitions, but never a busking competition, so I am super excited,” she said.

“I think it is an amazing opportunity for regional artists such as myself to get out there and share our love of music with the community.

“It will be a great day for all ages, so I really encourage everyone to come along and support your local musicians and performers.”

A first for our region, the ANBC is a unique opportunity for all street performers, and not just musicians, to showcase their talents.

Competition categories include Open, Primary and Secondary School, Indigenous and the all-important People’s Choice Awards, the winner of which will be determined by the number of Busking Tokens they receive.

Gladstone Area Promotion & Development Limited (GAPDL) CEO Gus Stedman said the group was thrilled to be able to bring the ANBC to the Gladstone Region.

“There is a wealth of talent in the region and this competition will give an opportunity for these performers to shine,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host buskers from around Central Queensland, as well as three highly-regarded ANBC judges, Allan Spencer, Oz Bayldon and Gladstone’s own Jeannine Butler.”

Each ANBC category winner will perform in the same-day Regional Finals & Awards Ceremony at GPC’s East Shores’ performance stage, located next to Auckland House, from 5pm.

Winners will also be invited to play at the ANBC National Grand Final in Cooma, NSW, on November 13.

20-year-old Kailee, who performs under the stage-name “Alternative Flute”, said Gladstone had a wealth of musical talent, and she can’t wait to discover her new favourite local musician at the Regional Final.

“It’s so important to support local talent, especially after the live music industry has been so shaken up by the pandemic,” she said.

“Competitions like this are invaluable in giving performers a chance, an avenue to show off their talents and do what they love in front of a live audience, maybe for the first time.

“I encourage everyone to come out, for what is sure to be an amazing day.”

Be sure to check out the ANBC Gladstone Busking Championships Facebook Page for event updates including a timetable and map of the Busking Stations.



When: July 24

Time: 9am – 7pm

Where: Busking Stations along Goondoon Street and GPC’s East Shores

Cost: Free – although you can buy Busker Tokens for $1 from volunteers to tip the buskers

For more:  Visit www.gladstoneregion.info