Gold Coast’s multi award-winning festival, Buskers by the Creek has announced the first of more than 250 performers that will surprise and delight some 20,000 people along the shores of Currumbin Creek, 14 – 16 October.
Buskers by the Creek is fast becoming one of the world’s largest busking festivals and this year’s event will be bigger than ever.
First round acts include award-winning and emerging musicians, world-renowned contortionists and totally undiscovered and brand new talent.
Headlining this year is 12 times Golden Guitar-winner and multi ARIA Award-nominee, Adam Brand.
“I just love the whole idea of Buskers by the Creek,” he said, “I started my career busking and I think we are going to see the next generation of artists getting their start at festivals like this.”
Adam is joined by human rag doll, Ruby Rubberlegs who will twist, bend, contort and fold her body into unimaginable proportions in a transparent glass box for all to see.
Also on the lineup are Emerging Artist of the Year winners, Leopold’s Treat, multi award-finalists, Electrik Lemonade (who later in the month will support Ozomatli in Brisbane) and local favourites Ash Perrow, Jenna Dearness-Dark and Kenny Slide to name but a few.
Kicking off the massive creekside event is Battle of the Buskers at Currumbin Creek Tavern on 14 October. In the ultimate showdown of busking brilliance, the event’s top emerging talent play-off to win $10,000 in prizes, including a coveted spot on the Bluesfest Busking stage, a recording at Love Street Studios, publicity package with Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and a media marketing package from Blank GC.
Check some of the highlights from 2015 and 2016 festivals:
And as if all of that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the 2016 Buskers by the Creek program showcases even more of the region’s best emerging talent with the a special SEED showcase on the Saturday night.
A free, independently-run festival, Buskers by the Creek will dish up more than 250+ performers, on 13 stages and more artists and even more surprises are yet to be announced in the coming weeks.
Full first lineup announcement
Melon the Human
Kim Banffy Duo
Jenna Dearness Dark
Salt & Steel
Out of Range
Harry J Hart
Neta, Live & Tom
Daneel & The Feel
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Buskers by the Creek runs 14 – 16 October on the southern bank of Currumbin Creek. More at buskersbythecreek.com.au.