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Buskers to get grand welcome on Gold Coast

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016 Scott Bailey

Almost 300 buskers performing at Currumbin Creek will get a little extra attention this weekend, with more than 20,000 people expected to flock to the popular Gold Coast spot to watch them play.

The Buskers by the Creek festival, now in its third year, will be headlined busker-turned-award-winning-artist Adam Brand and also include entertainment from BMX star Chris James.

10,000 fans attended the maiden event in 2014, which doubled to 20,000 last year and organisers are expecting even more when it kicks off this weekend.

"People just say it's so different and unique - I just think it's really pulled the heartstrings of everyone," event director Cindy Jensen said on Friday.

"There are kids who are five or six performing. People that would never get the chance to play at a festival are given opportunities."

Brand himself began as a busker on the NSW north coast and while he has since gone on to win 12 Golden Guitar awards, remains close to his roots.

"My story was just told to him that I've got this free festival and straight away he wanted to jump on board," Jensen said.

Brand will arrive early to judge at a "Battle of the Buskers" competition on Friday night, where $10,000 worth of prizes are on offer for the winner and a chance to play at Bluefest next year.

"An artist is different than just a singer," Brand said.

"An artist has something that sets them apart from everybody else, their own style, their own sound ... in short, an artist doesn't imitate, they create."

Jensen said she developed the idea for the festival while travelling in Thailand and saw three blind men busking.

She only planned on it being a one-off festival, however demand saw it become an annual event, where tokens worth $1 can be dropped in the cases of performers.

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