Busking in Brisbane

The City Sounds man plays guitar

The inner-city streets of Brisbane are filled with unique and entertaining buskers. You can busk wherever you like in Brisbane, except in the Queen Street Mall and South Bank. 

If you would like to busk in the Queen Street Mall you must first gain a busking licence. Busking licences are granted only after a formal audition process through Brisbane City Council. For information on audition times and to apply, please visit the Brisbane City Council website.

If you would like to apply for a short-term permit at South Bank, please complete the short-term busking permit form and submit it to rparsons@brisbanemarketing.com.au. Please note that there are limited busking areas in South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licences is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Annual Permits for South Bank Parklands have been allocated for 2017. Applications for 2018 annual busking permits will open on Monday 2 October and close on Friday 27 October 2017.

The application form for Annual Permits will be available here from Monday 2 October 2017.