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 on Saturday 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 $5,000 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.

Registration before Queen’s Birthday weekend is online at gorenz.com, 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:



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 Thursday.

All other categories auditions
Talented buskers from all over NZ perform on the main streets of Gore on the Friday and the Saturday between 11am – 1.00pm.

Busking finals
After freezing their bits off busking, the finalists thaw their bits out competing on Saturday afternoon in front of the panel of judges and a crowd of enthusiastic supporters inside the warm and cosy Thomas Green.