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The Rock-itt : December 2009
A Narrabeen Sands tradition that is now in its 7th year, Busking by the Beach, showcases the Northern Beaches up and coming musical artists original music and covers to the local community. Busking by the Beach was back at the Narrabeen Sands in 2009 with a 5 week line up over the Sundays in November starting on the 1st November. The tables had turned this year with the $3000 in cash and prizes for the competition with a judge's choice and 2 people's choice "buskers" earning a spot in the final on 29th November to battle it out for the major prize. Since its inception the Busking by the Beach festival has kicked off not only the summer for the Narrabeen Sands Hotel but also many musicians' careers, whether it be into the pub circuits of solo, duos or trios or with a past winner following their dreams overseas after the win. Unlike regular band competitions and open mic nights, the Sands' Busking by the Beach competition allows entrants from the soloist up to a small band to play their own song or covers in front of the community and have their name known. Each Sunday proved to be a great family afternoon, where kids came to sing and dance along to the festivities accompanied by clowns and face painting whilst the families and local community sat back, relaxed, enjoyed the sea breeze, a meal and a few drinks as they basked in the sun. This year included 4 heats where 48 musicians battled it out for the 13 spots in the final - after a tied vote by the judges scoring in heat 4, and the talent was great. The final line up included the likes of Billy & Greg the winners of the competition, winning over the crowd and judges with their array of covers and the use of the percussion box, Lemonade, the local group moving their way to a close 2nd and 3rd being an absolute amazing display from the Soul Predators, an 8 piece Horn & Brass group whom had not played together since their school band many years ago and who seemed to have honed their skills on the streets of Sydney. A local solo artist Adam Fitzgerald was the crowd favourite with support from family and friends and the local community to come across and take the people's choice award. Congratulations not only to the winners but all the acts that graced the stage over the 5 Sundays in November, entertaining the crowd much like many will be doing over the coming weeks of Summer in the entertainment on offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Narrabeen Sands Hotel.