Terms & Conditions


A busker is an entertainer who provides impromptu performances by entertaining in public places. This could include, but is not limited to, playing a musical instrument, dancing, singing, magic etc. 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.



Anyone of any age can take part in this competition. The event is part of the Tussock Country music festival, so there is some expectation performances will be ‘country’ in nature however, this is not mandatory.

For musical items, ‘country’ is an all-inclusive term covering anything from alternative country rock through to folk etc.



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 but spaces are limited, so we encourage you to register early.

Cut off time for registrations on the day is 10.00am.



Buskers must bring all equipment required for their performance. If amplification is required, you must supply your own battery-powered amp. 

Do not contact retailers about using their power. This is a Health and Safety requirement and buskers not following this restriction will be disqualified.


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.

Buskers will be nominated a busking location within the CBD. Organisers decisions on location is final. Buskers who switch locations or perform in areas not allocated to them will be disqualified.

Busking Registration numbers must be clearly displayed at all times during performances to ensure it is visible to the mystery judges.

Please be considerate with sound levels around your fellow buskers and the businesses you are performing outside of.

Judging will take place on Thursday between noon and 1.00pm for the schools competition and between 11.00am and 1.00pm on Friday and Saturday.

Only buskers listed on the entry form will be allowed to perform in the finals. To be eligible for prizes you must be available to perform at the finals on Saturday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.



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.

Up to a maximum of six entries from each category will be named as finalists.

Each act in the finals will perform one song for the judging panel and audience.

Basic sound equipment will be provided at the finals event. Contestants need to supply their own musical instruments/equipment.

Winners will be announced at the end of the finals concert. The judges’ decision is final.



Each act will be judged during the three days of competition by a panel of mystery judges whose decision will be final and no protests will be entered into.

The act with the highest combined score from the finals judging panel in each category will be deemed the winner and announced at the completion of the finals event on Saturday.

Judges will award points for originality, presentation, skill, and overall entertainment value.



Prize money is paid in cash to the category winners on the day.



By participating, entrants grant the Gore District Council, Tussock Country 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 Ya Bits Off Busking in Gore.

We wish all buskers the best of luck in 2021!

If you have any further queries, please contact the event organiser Mishel Kaaplan Phone: 021 198 5070 Email: mkaaplan@goredc.govt.nz.