Busking Information

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 New Zealand Country Music Festival, and is set to grow even more.

The event is held over three days, Thursday to Saturday, with auditions and a grand finale street party on Saturday afternoon.

There is a total prize pool of more than $3000 and two prizes of $1000, so it's well worth freezing your bits off and entering this event!

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To be eligible to compete in this competition and win prizes, you must be registered.

Registration before Queen’s Birthday weekend is online at gorenz.com, click on this link 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:

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 streets on Thursday 28 May, 12 noon to 1.00pm, Main Street and Irk Street, Gore

All other categories auditions

Buskers from all over NZ perform on the streets of Gore on Friday 29 May and Saturday 30 May, 11.00am to 1.00pm, Main Street and Irk Street

Busking finals and street party

Braving the cold the finalists compete in Medway Street, between The Thomas Green and Howl at the Moon, Saturday 30 May 2.30pm. Enjoy some local fare and southern hospitality from The Thomas Green while you're there.