Busking at South Bank

There’s nothing like the gentle strum of a guitar or the mystery of a magician to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere at South Bank. Read on for details on how to become a busker in the Parklands. If you have any questions about busking at South Bank, please contact [email protected].

Please note that applications are now open for annual busking permits - please read below for details.

Short-term permits

South Bank issues two types of short-term permit:

Short-term permit
This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and are wanting to busk in the precinct.

Special short-term permit
This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and are wanting to busk in the precinct using high risk elements in their performance such as ladders, fire, juggling knives, unicycles, balancing acts and so on. Please note that performing with whips is not permitted. For special permits, a copy of your Public Liability Insurance Certificate for a minimum of $20 million Australian dollars is required.
If you would like to apply for a short-term permit, please fill out the short-term busking permit form. Please also note that Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Annual permits

Applications for annual busking permits are open from now until Sunday 28 October 2018. Audition details will be confirmed by email to successful applicants by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. To apply, please complete the from below. Please also note that walk-ins will not be accepted during the auditions. If you are unable to attend the auditions hosted, unfortunately we are not able to make exceptions. 

Please note that there are limited busking areas in South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.


Busking policy

Please read South Bank Parkland’s busking policy for full details on what’s required of buskers at South Bank.