MORE than 20 young bands and individuals, some as young as 9-years-old, are performing at the Byron Bay YAC (Youth Activities Centre) in the hope of winning a spot on the stage at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.

The performers are appearing in the "grommets" section of the Bluesfest busking competition and have come from across the Northern Rivers to enter the competition - some even travelling down from Queensland to take part.  

The winning entry will not only get to play at the Blues Festival, they will get to meet John Butler and Mama Kin and will get a two song recording deal with independent Byron Bay-based producer Murray Burns.  

Nicqui Yazdi, who has been helping with the heats, said bands, solosist and duets were still lodging entries for the competition.  

"If anyone thinks they've missed out, they can just rock on down in the morning, fill out the entry and they'll be able to perform tomorrow afternoon," she said.  

Heats run today and tomorrow at the YAC, Gilmore Crescent, starting at 10am. Finals will be held at the Beach Hotel on April 4.  

Phone Anita on 0418 322 019 if you would like to enter.

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