Global busking supergroup competition
A worldwide ‘‘super band’’ is in the midst of being created and will perform at the opening party of the Queenstown Winter Festival.
An international hunt for the top street musicians around the world, run by Toyota Global, will see the top-voted acts in six categories band together to perform in the resort.
The Feeling the Streets online competition had attracted participants from more than 50 countries.
Toyota marketing general manager Susumu Matsuda said ‘‘we are thrilled that hundreds of independent musicians, from Cape Town to Alaska to Poland, have enrolled on the website over the past seven weeks.’’
So far South America, followed by Europe, were the most engaged in the competition and several New Zealanders had also signed up.
The six different categories include vocals, drum, guitar and bass, keys, brass or woodwind and a ‘‘miscellaneous’’ section.
People could log on to the Feeling the Streets website through Facebook and could vote for their favourite acts by putting ‘‘busking money’’ into virtual busking hats.
On May 20 the top 40 acts would be selected and voting would then take place again to find the final six acts.
Six ‘‘roadies’’ would also be able to tag along for the trip, picked at random from those who voted.
Once the tour group arrived in New Zealand, they would travel to Queenstown.
‘‘We can’t wait to see how they come together and what they sound like,’’ Matsuda said.
Lukas Jury, of Wellington, has signed up for the chance to become part of a global ‘‘super band’’ as part of an international online campaign dubbed ‘‘Feeling the Streets’’. Six musicians will be selected from across the world to create the band, which will perform at the Queenstown Winter Festival.