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Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking



Events and Festivals
Family friendly event

On King’s Birthday weekend every year, buskers take to the streets of Gore for literally the coolest busking competition in New Zealand.

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking is one of the key events in the Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival and is set to grow even more.

The event is held over three days, Friday to Sunday, with auditions and a grand finale at the St James Theatre on Sunday afternoon. You can even get some radio experience and exposure on Friday afternoon with the crew at CaveFM.

There is a total prize pool of $5,250 and two prizes of $1,300, so it's well worth freezing your bits off and entering this event!


To be eligible to compete in this competition and win prizes, you must be registered. Online registrations have now opened - click here to go to our registration page.

You can register on the day at the Gore Visitor Centre however please be aware there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to register early.

Categories and entry fee:

  • Open Group - $30
  • Open Individual - $15
  • Under 14 Group - $10
  • Under 14 Individual - $5
  • Schools - free


  • Winner - Individual Artist $1,300
  • Runner Up - Individual Artist $500
  • Winner - Group $1,300
  • Runner Up - Group $500
  • Winner - Under 14 $300
  • Runner Up - Under 14 $150
  • Peter Reid Encouragement Award $100
  • People’s Choice Award $350
  • Winner - School Competition $500
  • Runner Up - School Competition $250

Please note:

Buskers must bring all equipment required for their performance. If amplification is needed, please bring a battery-powered amp. A group means two or more performers.

Primary and intermediate schools auditions

Our local schools bring their talents to the main streets of Gore at lunchtime on the Friday.

All other categories auditions

Talented buskers from all over NZ perform on the main streets of Gore on Saturday and Sunday between 11.00am – 1.00pm.

Busking finals

After freezing their bits off busking, the finalists thaw their bits out competing on Sunday afternoon in front of the panel of judges and a crowd of enthusiastic supporters inside our warm and cosy venue.

Contact Information

Jessica Swan

[email protected] 021 198 5070 Website


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