HERE'S TO 2021!

Those of you who attended our little sister event, 'Airwaves - The Drive-In Music Festival' back in July, know we aren’t shy of tackling an event during the current Covid climate. However, after months of deliberating and refusing to downsize or alter our ‘Buskers by the Lake’ event program to cater to restrictions, cancelling was a call that we deemed as obvious.

We could’ve cut the number of performers in half, fenced the area and limited visitor numbers, but it’s all or nothing for us and if we can’t run the event true to form and give the best experience to all involved, we won’t run at all.

Applications to be a part of the festival opened in January this year, with hundreds of performers signing up to be a part of our 2020 ‘desert digs’ themed event.  If it wasn’t hula hoopers or break dancers, it was musicians, theatre groups and contortionists and with a growing reputation as being one of the world’s best busking events, performers from as far as England, Italy, London and Argentina were quick to throw their hats in the ring.

The talent pool from this year’s application process would have made for an extraordinary first festival at our new Sunshine Coast location and it’s extremely disappointing for everyone involved, including our suppliers and fans.

Despite our main event cancellation we are determined to roll-out a string of our smaller ‘side street’ events from early 2021, including an exhibition featuring works and performances by Australia’s prolific sideshow performer, Space Cowboy.

The 55 time Guinness World Record holder has wowed crowds globally for decades with death defying stunts including swallowing 27 swords at once, shooting lightning from his body and swallowing swords underwater in a shark tank.  For the first time in his life he's found himself exploring new artistic avenues and his obsession with painting has taken over.  We can't wait to help share his masterpieces that are inspired from his phenomenal abilities and achievements and the exposure to sights unseen by many - including Daisy and Maisy the two headed calf and Dido the double bodied duckling!

Due to popular demand, “Airwaves Festival” will also be making a comeback early new year, but not as the drive-in experience as you know it. You'll land on the spaceship deck and blast off to a string of well known Australian talent, with the finer details being kept under wraps until the official launch.

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Until then, STAY TUNED, STAY SAFE and pen the 29th, 30th and 31st October, 2021 in your diaries, so you don't miss out on an action packed weekend of MYSTIQUE, MAGIC AND MARVEL!

BATTlE OF THE buskers -

A SURE-FIRE showdown!  

Our prestigious 'Battle of the Buskers' officially kicks off the festival of events at NightQuarter on Friday 29th October, 2021.  With previous winners including international megastar "Tones and I", you are guaranteed a night of mind blowing entertainment!  

Our top festival singer-songwriters will go guitar to banjo and battle it out for the 'Totally Talented' title and a career changing prize package.  Finalists to be announced closer to the event date and early bird ticket purchases are recommended so you don't miss out!   

29th October, 2021 // NightQuarter // 8 The Avenue, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast // 7pm



Be under no illusion and prepare yourself for the glitz and glam, vivacious energy and extravagent party with over 300 performers set to entertain at Australias largest busking festival.  

From comedy to circus stunts, from award winning musicians and talented teens, from swing to sword swallowing, "Buskers by the Lake" this year will see even more incredible entertainment, jaw dropping tricks, daring world record attempts and a floating half pipe with BMX and skateboarding daredevils preparing to ignite!

Prolific world record breaker, Space Cowboy will join other international street performers lakeside and audiences will also 'discover the undiscovered' with a colourful collection of emerging singer/songwriters thrown into the mix.   An eclectic group of performance artists will be painting and creating their masterpieces and an international menu will be on tap to tempt all tastebuds.

30th + 31st Oct, 2021 // 10am - 6pm // Kawana Lake, Sportsmans Drive, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast //  FREE ENTRY - BUT DON'T FORGET TO TIP!

sunshine coast gets freaky!

Due to popular demand, we've added an encore of our fun-filled spectacle of the bizarre to the programme for the first time!  The aptly named “Freaks and Beats” show is guaranteed to shock and mesmerise, with a number of Australia’s most celebrated sideshow performers sharpening their angle grinders and swords in preparation for our freaky sideshow!  

30th Oct, 2021 // 7pm // NightQuarter // 8 The Avenue, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast 


OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY - it'll be a wild one!

To say farewell to 'Buskers by the Lake' 2021, our festival "Heartlands Bar" will play host to our official closing party and it'll be a send-off equally as fabulous as our festival program!   As with all our events there will be an element of surprise, but stay tuned for further details.   

31st October, 2021 // from 6.30pm // "Heartlands Bar" // Buskers by the Lake, Sportsmans Drive, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast  



All performer hats and suitcases will be out, so don’t forget to BYO spare change!  We'll also have our 'Pick your Busker' money for sale, with each token worth $1.  They'll be for sale from our info headquarters and when given, your favourite acts will redeem for cash. All generous gratuities given to the acts will be received with thanks and the purchase of merchandise will also support our talent on their road to success. 

win a backstage pass to hang with   'THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS'

 Sign up for your chance to WIN a 'meet and greet' with legendary Australian rockers, 'The Beautiful Girls' at Airwaves Festival on the 24th Jan 2021. 

We'll also keep you up-to-date with all things Airwaves and Buskers by the Lake!


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