The streets are the perfect platform for unsigned artists to show off their hidden talents, and in December Geelong is the main stage.
On December 17, the return of Geelong’s Best Busking competition offers local artists the opportunity to perform to a previously untapped regional audience.
The competition is designed to be a springboard for up-and-coming unsigned artists with countless prizes available for performers.
Through a series of showdowns, musicians and street performers from around Geelong will perform at various venues around the city for the chance to win coveted prizes and the title of Geelong’s Best Busker.
The annual regional event, which began in 2016, is led by local musician Steve Thew, with support and sponsorship from the City of Greater Geelong, Tourbus Entertainment, Lukey Music and Stan Designs.
“We’ve had all kinds of winners, from tap dancers to musicians, and all age groups, we’ve had bands and we’ve had up to about 150 contestants over the six years that we’ve had,” Thew said.
“This year we are having it all in one day, a week before Christmas on December 17, and we currently have 20 contestants of all ages, from 9 years old.”
The event will span across the Geelong CBD with performances taking place at approximately 14 locations on the day across Little Malop Street, Malop Street West and the Geelong Foreshore.
As the competition will take place close to Christmas, Thew said the day is sure to be festive and anyone wishing to watch the music could plan their day to visit several venues across the CBD, or set up shop in one location and enjoy the festivities.
“Previously we only had it at one location on Little Malop Street, but this year we want people to walk the whole of Little Malop Street, from Mors Francesco to the foreshore, and to a week of Christmas, there will be a lot of activity.
The day will conclude with an awards ceremony at Beav’s Bar, where the winners of the event will be announced.
First prize is a voucher worth $500 from Tourbus Entertainment, second prize is a paid concert worth $200 from Geelong Jazz Soirees and third prize is a paid concert from Lukey’s Music Geelong worth a $100 value.
Several other vouchers, including vouchers for lunch at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, will also be awarded,
The event will take place on December 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To do so, apply by e-mail to [email protected]call 0400 028 854 or visit Geelong’s Best Busker Facebook page.