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.

Prize: Recording time in Half Bap Studios | Run of 100 CDs | Vouchers for Dawsons Music

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 16yrs or over ( Parental consent must be given if entrant is aged under 16 years)
  • Any music discipline may apply
  • Amp speaker volume will be restricted
  • Registration is £5 which is refundable on the day
  • Entries close Friday 10th August at 6pm
  • Only battery powered amps are allowed at a limited volume

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

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

Eventbrite - Great Belfast Busk Off