Be Part of the Great Belfast Busk Off


Belfast streets are full of skilled musicians from all walks of life. To celebrate, we’re inviting musicians and bands from all disciplines to take part in a The Great Belfast Busk Off – a competition which will run live across the city in just one afternoon.

Date: Saturday 18 August

Performing time: 45 minutes between 1pm and 5pm plus a three song audition for the judges.

Judges: Northern Irish music industry experts. There will also be a people’s choice award.


1st Prize - Recording time in Half Bap Studios and run of 100 CDs

2nd Prize - £200 Dawson voucher 

3rd Prize - £100 Matchetts voucher

All participating bands will be invited to an exclusive gig hosted with Help Musicians NI in a secret location that evening to celebrate!

Entry regulations

  • All acts must be over 16 years old (Parental Consent Form must be completed if entrant is aged under 16yrs)
  • Any music discipline may apply
  • Amp speaker volume will be restricted
  • Registration is £5 which is refundable on the day
  • Entries close Monday 1 August at 6pm
  • Only battery powered amps are allowed at a limited volume

In partnership with Belfast City Council, Belfast One, Destination CQ Bid & Help Musicians NI.

Register online or in person at Dawson’s Music on Royal Avenue or Matchett’s Music on Wellington Place

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