National Busking Championships


On behalf of the organising committee for the Rutherglen heat of Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) and the Board of Destination Rutherglen, we’d like to ensure that you lock in the weekend of Friday 13 May to Sunday 15 May as a must attend weekend in Rutherglen.



Friday 13 May, 2022 – Concert by The Northern Folk 

Hailing from Albury, NSW and based in Melbourne, The Northern Folk are a unique collective of ten song smiths and instrumentalists, wielding a brand of tightly woven alt-folk and roots music magnified by massive horn arrangements and gorgeous indie-pop sensibilities.

“The Northern Folk fall into a beautiful and untouched musical category that sets them apart from the rest… one of the country’s most dynamic groups to perform both live and in the studio.”– AAA Backstage

Support band – Well Into Winter.

Where: Rutherglen Memorial Hall

When:  Fri 13 May. Doors open @ 6.30pm for drinks & nibbles. Music starts @ 7.30pm 

What:  Bring nibbles, snacks and anything you’d like eat. Strictly No BYO Alcohol – Wine and beer available for purchase at reasonable prices Bookings can be made for up to tables of ten.

Tickets are $35.

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Saturday 14 May, 2022 – Rutherglen Heat of the Australian National Busking Championships

The ANBC is a national event that started in Cooma NSW in 2012 and has now grown to include 8 town heats in Queensland, NSW, ACT & Victoria. Buskers at the Rutherglen Heat will share over $10,000 in prize money as well as the opportunity to represent the town at the Grand Final in Cooma, next November.

Rutherglen’s historic Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. We’re expecting to have all sorts of buskers performing including musicians, bush poets, street performers and possibly even magicians. Buskers will perform 2 to 3 x 30 min sets at various busking stations along the Main Street with roaming judges scoring the performers. There will also be a People’s Choice Award where the public has the opportunity to vote for their favourite busker via Busker Tokens.

This will then be followed by a Finals Concert of the highest scoring buskers to see who takes home some of the prize money. Saturday evening will see Yackandandah legend, Pete Denahy performing live at the Star Hotel Rutherglen where he will also MC the evening busker’s jam session and Open Mic celebrations.

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Sunday 15 May, 2022 – Rutherglen Convent Open Day

Sunday will see the recently opened Rutherglen Convent throw open its doors to the public to host an Open Day for locals and visitors alike to see the amazing transformation of the 1927 building.

Doors open from 11:30am and entry is free. 

There will be food and coffee vans, drinks, free live music, guided and self-guided tours and finishing off with a ticketed indoor concert featuring Julian James with support from Liv Cartledge and Yours, Georgina.

Bring your folding chair and a picnic rug and come and enjoy an afternoon with family and friends at the Rutherglen Convent.

The fun finishes at 4:30pm. 



Sunday 15 May 2022 – Live At The Convent Concert

The Rutherglen Convent has long held a mystique as it majestically sits on High St overlooking nearby vineyards.

It’s now set to host live music for the very first time on Sunday 15 May with a special ticketed concert showcasing 3 exceptional young songwriters from our region, headlined by Americana musician Julian James with support from indie folk storytellers Liv Cartledge and Yours, Georgina.

The Concert will be held indoors and runs from 2-4:30pm. Tickets are $30 and go on sale Wednesday 20 April from noon – available from TryBooking or scan the QR code on the poster or below.


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This event winds up the Busking Rutherglen Weekend and is brought to you by Rutherglen Convent, Destination Rutherglen and Arts Rutherglen.






This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.