Several budding stars were among the performers who took to Gore streets on Thursday evening for the Busking Under the Stars competition.
It was the first time Bryher Wilson (12) had ever busked.
“I was kind of nervous but it was really fun,” Bryher said.
“I really enjoyed it.”
Country music was her favourite genre and she played songs such as Tennessee Mountain Home and Love Story.
The night was a success as she had tied for first place in the junior category.
Her winnings, combined with her earnings on the night, meant she went home with $225 in her pocket.
The musician already knew how she would spend it.
“I’m saving up for a new guitar.”
Mataura’s Jessica Coats also took to the street on Thursday evening.
“I was a little bit nervous,” Jessica said.
The violin player had a successful night.
The 9-year-old took home a gift voucher as an award for youngest solo performer, as well as a participation voucher.
She had been playing the violin for three years.
Gore’s Lily Macleod performed in the duo Macleod’s Daughters.
She and her sister Matilda played the ukulele and sang.
“It was busy and lots of people were walking around,” Lily said.
She found the crowd a little scary and wished there had been more buskers.
Despite this she enjoyed donning her cowgirl hat and playing songs such as Royals, Riptide and I Will Wait
“I had a really good time.”
Gore business owner Jacqui McKinney organised the event Let’s Light Up Gore which ran alongside the busking performances.
Shops lit up their windows and stayed open late.
“The night was a great success,” Mrs McKinney said.
The Oui Oui owner said nearly all the other businesses had joined in.
The number of people who turned up for the event was a surprise.
“The streets were buzzing with people enjoying the busking and the late-night shopping.”
After a successful first run she was keen to hold the event again next year.
Busking Under the Stars organiser Julie Mitchell said there had been 12 performers on the night.
“It was heartwarming to hear music on the streets and people standing around enjoying it,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“All performances were great, and there was such a variety. It was fantastic.”