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Every year at King’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 of Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival and is set to grow even more.

Held over three days, the event kicks off on Friday lunchtime with local schools taking to the streets to showcase all their hard work and singing talent. Saturday and Sunday see local and national performers bring their best for the crowds, with such passion and vibrancy that you can't help but get swept away by the electric atmosphere.

The grand finale is on Sunday. Finalists go head to head for major cash prizes. Entry is free, so come along to support your favourite artists (and thaw your bits out) at the cosy and warm St James Theatre.

Contact: Jessica Swan 


AUDITIONS on Irk Street and Main Street, Gore

FINALS, The St James Theatre, Gore


Friday 31 May 2024 June, 12 noon - 1.00pm School Competition

Saturday 1 June 2024, 11.00am - 1.00pm Auditions

Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.00am - 1.00pm Auditions

Sunday 3 June 2024, 4.30pm - 6.30pm Finals 


Cost: Free (for audience)  


If you wish to compete, you must register.

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. 

Registrations are open early in 2024.

Click here for categories, prizes and entry details.

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