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Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking

When: Queens Birthday Weekend 2023

Contact: Events Coordinator Jessica Swan

Every year at Queen’s Birthday weekend, buskers take to the streets of Gore for literally the coolest busking competition in New Zealand.

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

Held over three days, the event kicks off on Friday lunchtime with local schools taking to the street to showcase all their hard work and singing talent. Saturday and Sunday see local and national performers bring their best for the crowds, with such passion and vibrancy that you can't help but get swept away by the electric atmosphere.

The grand finale is on Sunday. Finalists go head to head for major cash prizes. Entry is free, so come along to support your favourite artists (and thaw your bits out) at the cosy and warm St James Theatre.

Event Schedule

Friday: 12 noon - 1:00pm

  • Local schools competition
  • Main Street, Gore

Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00pm

  • Busking Auditions
  • Main and Irk streets

Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm

  • Busking Auditions
  • Main and Irk streets

Sunday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Finals
  • St James Theatre



If you wish to compete, you must register.

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.

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