Do you want to take your music to the next level???
A story about Kim Churchill (Bluesfest Busking Comp Winner 2009)
In 2009, Kim won the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition and has returned regularly to this festival’s main stage.
Kim has already accomplished impressive feats in his short time as a professional musician. He is recognised as much internationally as he is in his homeland, having performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet. In recent years he has opened for Billy Bragg and Michael Franti, and performed at several notable festivals such as Montreal Jazz, Telluride Blues, SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Byron Bay Blues Festival.
'I finished high school in 2008 down in Merimbula and each weekend found myself, and my van where I lived, getting further and further from home. I wound up away for a good month and during that time played in the Bluesfest Busking Comp. I can honestly say the experience was the catalyst for everything that has followed. It gave the opportunity to play Bluesfest and get to know the wonderful people that run it, who have over the years been beautifully supportive and pivotal in helping me take each new step of my career. Bluesfest has been like a base for me and it's an enormous and very special part of not just my career but my life and journey. The Bluesfest Busking Comp started it all, and Anita and everyone that run it create magical moments for young artists like me every year. It's incredible!' Kim Churchill...
The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a previously untapped national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest instigating the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from around the country for the chance to take out the prize.
This exclusive, sought after competition is designed specifically to give unsigned artists an opportunity, providing a key stepping stone for their musical career development! There are countless prizes available including a stage position at Bluesfest for the open winner. The Busking Comp also provides further opportunities for artists with the funky Bluesfest Busking stage and roving buskers throughout the festival providing many performers the opportunity to present their music to an international audience. Further to festival performance opportunities, prizes include such prospects as recording time with world renowned producers in Byron for the winners plus much more.
This competition is brought together independently from Bluesfest by a great bunch of dedicated volunteers and coordinated entirely by Anita and Melissa from ACE!