The Borderland Busking Comp is on in 2018 but with a new format that gives people from all over the opportunity to be part of this great initiative that was so successful in 2017.

Designed specifically to give emerging artists an opportunity to put themselves directly in front of our Artistic Team it provides a key stepping stone for a future Festival gig and for general career development!

Exposure at the Festival worked well for our 2017 finalists Scroggin, Electric Tommy Johnston and Josh Maynard who will all be performing at the 2018 Festival.

How it works

Application Process

Applicants must be 18-29 years of age to enter the competition. Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 16 February 2018.

To be considered you are required to submit an online application including a YouTube or similar video sharing link of a ‘Live Original Performance’. This video clip will be your competition entry and you will be judged on this so make sure it is engaging and really shows who you are as a performer.

After the application closing date, the footage you submitted will be reviewed by representatives from the National Folk Festival.

In 2018 no physical heats will be held. Applicants will be judged on the video that they submit and from here 5 performers are selected to progress to the final showdown being held at the National Folk Festival! Four finalists will be chosen by the National Folk Festival and one finalist will be chosen by the public through the Borderland Busking Comp Facebook Page.

Peoples Choice

Five performers will be selected by Festival representatives to go into the draw for the final spot in the Borderland Busking Comp! Voting will commence through the Borderland Busking Comp Facebook page. Information on this process will be provided once videos have been selected.

The Prize

All finalists receive

  • A Season Camping ticket for the entire Festival and discounted tickets for immediate family members
  • 15-minute gig in The Borderland on Saturday 31 March at the Festival
  • Opportunity to attend Folk Alliance Australia’s industry workshop on how to manage careers in music being held Saturday afternoon.
  • Access to our three blackboard stages at the Festival

The winner of the competition will receive all of the above plus

  • A programmed spot in the Scrumpy on Sunday 1 April at the National Folk Festival.
  • Exposure to a range of industry professionals and agents who attend the Festival.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions of the competition very carefully.

2018 Borderland Busking Comp Terms and Conditions (pdf)

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Our 2017 winner – Jess Baker

Jess BakerJess Baker was born in England and raised in New Zealand. At eighteen she moved to London to study Musical Theatre and did a three year BA at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. Jess has always been involved with the arts through musical theatre, acting, singing, piano and guitar. Three years ago she moved to Canberra and has since performed at Smiths Alternative, The Front Gallery and Cafe and Transit Bar. In 2016 Jess played at The Tamworth Country Music Festival and in the same year won the Canberra Sound Search Competition.