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RPP FM proudly supports the first Rosebud BuskFest. This combined live music festival and talent competition encourages musicians, comedians and acrobats of all ages to showcase their skills. Performers will busk along the footpath from Rosebud Primary School down towards Boneo Rd between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 8th November.

BuskFest organiser and local singer/songwriter Heidi Luckhurst said she came up with the idea after noticing talented musicians were hiding away in recording studios and not being heard.

“I have not seen much street music down in Rosebud but whenever I go to Melbourne or the East coast it’s everywhere! So let’s get some down on the South coast! Let’s get them out of hiding,” she said.

Ms Luckhurst said performers can apply as groups or soloists but need a minimum of 45 minutes of material. Only 30 lucky applicants will be chosen to participate in the festival. Buskers can keep any donations they receive and will also have the chance to win cash prizes up to $2000. Other prizes include scholarships, music workshops, studio recording time and live performance opportunities.

Judging the buskers on the day will be industry professionals Ian Pav, Michael Moss and Steve Bastoni. Ian Pav has over 37 years experience in music mentoring, marketing and production. Vocalist and vocal coach Michael Voss has over 40 years experience and performed with some of Australia’s biggest bands such INXS, AC/DC and Australian Crawl.  Actor Steve Bastoni boasts an impressive resumé appearing in popular films and television shows such as The Beach, The Matrix Reloaded, Neighbours and Underbelly.

RPP FM Manager Brendon Telfer said he can’t wait to see the talent BuskFest will uncover.

“It’s great to have an event like this on the Mornington Peninsula. It allows the community to see just what these capable artists have to offer and help fund their passions,” he said.

BuskFest entries close on 30th September. Apply online at http://www.rosebud.org.au/ or https://www.facebook.com/rosebudbuskfest  or collect an entry form from Rosebud’s Bendigo Bank located at 1087 Pt. Nepean Rd, Rosebud.

Compiled by Laura Sedgwick