Every year at Queen’s Birthday weekend, buskers take to the streets of Gore for literally the coolest busking competition in New Zealand.
Freeze Ya Bits Off is one of the key events in the New Zealand Country Music Festival, and is set to grow even more.
The event is held over three days, Friday to Sunday, with auditions and a grand finale on Sunday afternoon. You can even get some radio experience and exposure on Friday afternoon with the crew at CaveFM.
There is a total prize pool of $5,000 and two prizes of $1,300, so it's well worth freezing your bits off and entering this event!
To be eligible to compete in this competition and win prizes, you must be registered.
You can register on the day at the Gore Visitor Centre however please be aware there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to register early.
Categories and entry fee:
Open Group - $30
Open Individual - $15
Under 14 Group - $10
Under 14 Individual - $5
Schools - free
Winner - Individual Artist $1,300
Runner Up - Individual Artist $500
Winner - Group $1,300
Runner Up - Group $500
Winner - Under 14 $300
Runner Up - Under 14 $150
Winner - Non Musical $500
Peter Reid Encouragement Award $100
People’s Choice Award $350
Winner - School Competition $500
Runner Up - School Competition $250
Buskers must bring all equipment required for their performance. If amplification is needed, please bring a battery-powered amp. A group means two or more performers.
Primary and intermediate schools auditions
Our local schools bring their talents to the main streets of Gore at lunchtime on the Friday.
All other categories auditions
Talented buskers from all over NZ perform on the main streets of Gore on Saturday and Sunday between 11.00am – 1.00pm.
After freezing their bits off busking, the finalists thaw their bits out competing on Sunday afternoon in front of the panel of judges and a crowd of enthusiastic supporters inside our warm and cosy venue.