The Doobie Brothers area headlining at the Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival. Photo supplied.
Organisers of a busking competition - the winner of which
will perform on the main stage at next month's Blues &
Roots Festival - are looking for entries from across New
Zealand. Heats will begin in the resort next week.
Festival director Grant Hilton said several talented acts had
entered the competition following its launch earlier this
month, offering a ''once-in-a-lifetime chance'' for the
''We'd love to make this a hotly-contended competition and
showcase some of our best buskers.
''If you can get to Queenstown for the heats and you're
talented, you're in,'' Mr Hilton said.
''It's such a great opportunity for a band or talented
up-and-coming musician to gain exposure in front of a huge
audience of music lovers and perform with some of the world's
The winner of the competition would perform as the first act
at the inaugural festival alongside musicians including Elvis
Costello and the Imposters and headline act the Doobie
The one-day outdoor event, being held at the Queenstown
Events Centre, will also feature Fly My Pretties, The Black
Seeds, King Leo and The Johnnys.
Mr Hilton said Queenstown Busking Competition heats would be
held on April 2 and April 9 at the Pig & Whistle in
Queenstown from 7pm.
Finalists from each night would go through to a grand finale
being held on Easter Saturday, April 19.
The overall winner would be announced that night by the
judges, who have yet to be named.
''We're looking for original acts with that wow factor,'' Mr
• Interested performers can enter online at www.queenstownbluesrootsfestival.co.nz.
Entries close at the end of this month.