Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a busker?
Anyone can be a busker – beginners to professionals. All you need is a desire to perform. Solo singers, duos, groups, musicians and instrumentalists of any genre, and non-musical street entertainers and performers, are welcome. There is no age limit!
Please remember the festival is a public event, and all performances need to be family friendly.
Can I collect cash tips and sell music and merchandise?
Absolutely! We encourage you to put your hat or guitar case out for collections and promote yourself as an artist. You’ll be collecting busker tokens throughout the day also, for spectator voting and prizes.
How many sets and for how long can I perform?
Performances are typically 30-minute sets, with up to 4 performances each day. To be eligible to win prizes and to ensure fair competition, Buskers must perform on both days of the festival. Competition judging takes place over 2 days. The overall winner will be invited to play a 30-minute set live on stage on Sunday evening at the Finale Party held at the Endeavour Hotel.
What are the prizes?
There is over $3,000 in prize money and vouchers to be won. The Awards evening starts from 4.00pm at the Endeavour Tavern. It’s a good idea to be at the finale in case you win something!
What are ‘Busker Tokens’?
Busker tokens will be sold to spectators to vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’. Spectators may give you their ‘Busker Tokens’ to vote for your act. It is your responsibility to hand these into the information tent Wangaree Park after you’ve finished performing each day. The Busker Tokens will then be counted to determine the winner for the ‘People’s Choice Award’.
What does it cost to register as a busker?
Entry to the competition is free.
How late can I register?
Registrations close on Friday 9th of September 2022 at 4:30pm. Of course, for the smooth planning and coordination of the event is made much easier when we receive early registrations.
Where do I register on the day?
Registration starts from 8:00am at the information tent in Wangaree Park. Busking starts from 8:40am and last performances finish at 3.pm. Finale Party and Awards evening starts from 4.00pm at the Endeavour Tavern.
Collect your Busker Pack:
Busker Packs will include; name tags, ‘Busker Tokens’ collection tub, program, and venue map. This must be collected from the information tent at registration and prior to moving to your first venue.. Busker Name Tags must be worn throughout the festival. At the end of the last day, the lanyard and plastic cover, and token collection tub are to be returned to the Information Tent.
What happens if it rains?
As all good entertainers know – the show must go on! Clearly, safety is paramount, and the organisers will be monitoring conditions.In the event of extreme weather we may have to change the schedule.
What equipment can I bring? Is power provided?
Space is limited at some venues, please feel free to bring what you need. We will strive to provide an undercover venue (marquee 3m x 3m or building/veranda) with a power cord to plug into or a generator for power.
Tips for buskers:
Arrive and finish on time at each of your venues. If you have heavy equipment, we recommend a trolley with large wheels and remind buskers that many of the busking venues are on uneven ground or turf.
Each set is 30 minutes long with a 10-minute change over. Be kind to your fellow buskers and ensure a fair and smooth transition.
Ensure you know where your venues are located, which will be clearly marked and numbered – if unsure, ask at the information tent.
Buskers under the age of 18, must be always accompanied by a parent or guardian while participating in the Lancelin Buskers Festival. Some busking venues are licensed premises.
Support one another! You’ll have time to stop and watch other buskers perform. Jump on social media and promote each other. Many wonderful collaborations, friendships and opportunities have been created at the Lancelin Buskers Festival.
Lancelin Buskers Festival is now in its seventh year and is growing in popularity, attracting over 25 musicians and performers annually. Our beautiful coastal town comes alive with music, markets, and festivities for the whole family to enjoy! We invite you to gather your friends and family and join us in the festivities!
Lancelin is ready and waiting!
Time & Place
Buskers will play a rotating schedule at 12 Busking venues throughout town from 9 am – 3:00pm, in half-hour sessions throughout Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of September 2022.
See map for locations.
How is the ‘People’s Choice’ performance calculated and awarded?
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.
When are the awards announced?
Awards are announced at the Endeavour Tavern at 4.00pm. The overall winner will perform a 30-minute set. The evening progresses into the Finale Party where buskers can perform on stage and collaborate with fellow performers. You are welcome to join us!
Markets in the Park
Markets stalls and food trucks will be set up at Wangaree Park in Lancelin on both days of the festival. There will be a free kid’s zone and live music from our buskers between 9am and 3pm.
We need wonderful volunteers on the day to help our festival committee with the information tent, at Busker venues, as well as a range of other activities to help spectators, sponsors and buskers get the most out of the day.
You can volunteer for a whole day, both days, or just a few hours. Be part of the fun and help your community celebrate live music and performances in our beautiful town!
Register your interest in helping on the day by emailing us here.