Australian National Busking Championships

29th Feb 2020

Australian National Busking Championships


Plus winners from the Open (Adult) and Senior Section go on to compete in the Australian National Busking Championships™ in Cooma later in the year.

Australian National Busking Championships

The Next annual Australian National Busking Championships in Stanthorpe will be Saturday 29th February 2020!

We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented musicians come to the annual Australian National Busking Championships South East Queensland Finals in Stanthorpe. Be sure to come along for some fantastic entertainment and if you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with talent be sure to come and perform.

The Inadequates won Open Champions, People's Choice and Best Band Award for ANBC Stanthorpe 2019 and went on to become National Champions.  In its five years of participating in ANBC, the Stanthorpe regional finals have produced 4 national winners, Mat Brooker, Felicity Kircher, Haystack Mountain Hermits and the Inadequates  -  now that’s a good achievement and a good reason to be at Busking@Stanthorpe!

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How Does It Work?


  • Anyone can be a busker - beginners to professionals
  • Prizes now total over $6000
  • There are many different categories you can compete in
  • Buskers who participated last year are welcome to come again
  • Singers, groups, musicians and instrumentalists of any genre and non-musical street entertainers welcome
  • All cash tips buskers make on the day are theirs to keep
  • You can perform as many 1/2 hour sets as you like (pending number of buskers and stations). Most buskers perform 2-4 sessions
  • Sell your CDs and merchandise.
  • Winners of the Secondary and Open categories will automatically qualify to compete in the National Finals in Cooma NSW
  • Register early but no later than 26 February 2020 ($20 entry fee for individuals, $40 for duos and $50 for groups of 3 or more)


  • Buskers will play throughout the day in Stanthorpe’s main street (from 9 am - 3:00 pm), in half-hour sessions
  • Spectators can purchase "Busking Tokens" for $1 each & give them to the Buskers they like the most. The busker with the most Busking Tokens wins the People's Choice Award.
  • Finalists perform at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre with the famed String Family at a free concert from 4 pm (gold coin donation is optional)


Open (Adult) Section

  • $1,000 - Open Champion
  • $300 - Second Place
  • $200 - Third Place

Senior Section (for high school age students)

  • $500 - Winner
  • $200 - Second Place
  • $100 - Third Place

Primary Section (for primary school age students)

  • $300 - Winner
  • $200 - Second Place
  • $100 - Third Place

Best Band Award (for bands/groups of 3 or more)

  • $500 – Winner

People’s Choice Award

  • $700 - Winner
  • $200 - Second Place
  • $100 - Third Place


  • $200 Each

Contact Us
PO Box 338 Stanthorpe QLD 4380
Phone: 0427 670 150

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