Terms & Conditions

What is a busker?

A musical busker is an entertainer who provides impromptu performances for the public by playing a musical instrument, dancing and/or singing in public places. Buskers may receive a monetary appreciation from the audience for their performance but may not solicit funds in a way that is likely to cause any discomfort to individuals.

Who can take part

Anyone of any age can take part in this competition. The event is part of a country music festival, so there is some expectation performances will be ‘country’ in some way. For musical items, ‘country’ is a very broad term covering anything from alternative country to country rock.



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

Busking auditions:

  1. Buskers must bring all equipment required for their performance. If amplification is required, please bring a battery-powered amp. Please do not contact retailers about using their power. This is partly
    to meet Health and Safety requirements.
  2. Each act can only perform in one category and on one day. Buskers must choose one day to enter. All contestants will be considered for the finals regardless of the day they are judged.
  3. Winners of each section may not enter that same section the following year.
  4. Buskers will be given a nominated busking location within the CBD. Organisers will not enter any discussions around location.
  5. Busking Registration numbers must be displayed at all times during performances. Please make sure your number is clearly visible to the judges.
  6. Judging will take place between 11.00am and 1.00pm on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June.
  7. Only group members listed on the entry form will be allowed to perform in the finals.
  8. Please be considerate with sound levels, with other buskers and their space, and of businesses and their shop entrance ways.
  9. To be eligible for prizes you must be available to perform at the finals on Saturday 1 June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.


  1. Buskers may receive monetary appreciation from the audience for their performance but may not solicit funds in a way that is likely to cause any discomfort to individuals.
  2. Up to 6 entries from each section will be named as finalists.
  3. Each act in the finals will perform one song for the judging panel and audience.
  4. Basic sound equipment will be provided at the finals event. Contestants need to supply their own musical instruments / equipment.
  5. Winners of the 2019 Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking will be announced at the end of the concert. The judges’ decision is final.


  1. Each act will be judged at the competition by a panel of mystery judges whose decision will be final and no protests will be entered into.
  2. Judges will award points for originality, presentation, skill, and overall entertainment value. The act with the highest combined score from the judging panel in each category will be deemed the winner and announced on the final night of the Competition.
  3. Prize money will be awarded at the finals.

Photos / media

By participating, entrants grant the Gore District Council and media affiliates exclusive permission to use their names, photographs, videos, voices and likeness in connection with the promotion and for future promotion and marketing purposes and waive any claims to royalty, right or remuneration for such use.


The Organisers do not accept any responsibility for the loss or damage or injury of any kind whatsoever occurring to a participant in this competition. All participants by accepting these Terms and Conditions hereby acknowledge they have entered into this competition entirely at their own risk.

Thank you for entering this year’s competition and for choosing to freeze your bits off busking in Gore. We wish all buskers the best of luck in 2019!

If you have any further queries please contact event organiser Emma Carle 027 801 3606 ecarle@goredc.govt.nz