Busking competition strikes the right note

THE Boulevard of Dreams that is Peel St during the Tamworth Country Music Festival is about to come alive again, with busker registrations opening from today and a new co-ordinator at the helm.

The Country Music Busking Championships 2014 are open, with everyone encouraged to register to secure their place on Peel St. 

With less than six weeks until the festival, buskers will again line Peel St day and night, entertaining crowds of festivalgoers. 

Former Tamworth 92.9FM breakfast host Josh Melbourne has been appointed the busking co-ordinator for 2014 to oversee the competition, which is expected to get about 500 entries, based on the popularity of recent years. 

The born-and-bred Tamworthian has been involved in the entertainment industry for years and is looking forward to co-ordinating one of the festival’s favourite traditions. 

“I’m really excited to be back in Tamworth working with the festival team on such an important element of the festival – busking creates such an amazing atmosphere in Peel St and is a big part of the overall festival experience,” Mr Melbourne said. 

Following feedback from the local community, buskers and festival fans, busking will return to a more traditional format in 2014, with buskers encouraged to liaise directly with retailers to find a location at which to busk. 

Sound levels will be monitored throughout the event to ensure fans can enjoy all busking entertainment throughout Peel St. 

The finalists of the championships will be showcased on stage at the Best of the Buskers Concert in Toyota Park on Saturday, January 25. 

Buskers can register online from today at www.tcmf.com.au with the festival running from Friday, January 17, to Sunday, January 26. 

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