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Busk a move

30 October 2018

If your dream is to follow in the footsteps of some of the country’s biggest names in country music, then you need to get your busking registration in for the 47th Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth.

Registrations open tomorrow for the iconic Toyota Country Music Busking Championships, one of the most anticipated aspects of the festival. 

Each year, 400 buskers flock to Peel Street aka Tamworth’s “Boulevard of Dreams” to showcase their talents and they are followed by thousands of visitors who are looking for the chance to listen to emerging artists.  

Many Australian country music stars began their journey by busking on Peel Street, with the next generation of up and coming artists due to hit the pavement in January in search for stardom. 

Official Ambassador for the Toyota Country Music Festival and country music icon, Lee Kernaghan says, “Busking on Peel Street has been the first public performance for many of our current recording artists and it continues to be a major feature of the Tamworth festival. 

“I love the interaction between the audience and the Busker. If you can hold a crowd on Peel Street then you have made a big step in the right direction if you’re looking for a career in country music.” 

“But there’s more up for grabs than the best piece of pavement and a guitar case full of change,” says Toyota Country Music Festival Manager, Barry Harley. 

The championships offer 10 finalists the opportunity to perform at the Best of the Buskers concert on the final Sunday of the festival.  There is also the chance to win a share in over $5,000 in cash and prizes, plus an opportunity for a guest appearance during the Opening Concert in 2020. 

Up and coming artists looking for their next big break are strongly encouraged to register for Busking online at . Registration is open from Wednesday 31 October and is essential for those wanting to participate. For any enquires please contact Busking Coordinator, Jody Ekert at Tamworth Regional Council on 6767 5555. 

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.