Calling all buskers

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BuskFest is back and calling on all musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers to register for Ireland’s fastest growing busking festival, which takes place in Banbridge town centre on Saturday June 25.

The musical menagerie will battle it out in front of an appreciative public audience in the hope of picking up a share of the superb £3000 cash pot.

The competition runs from 1.00pm - 4.30pm and concludes with the all important prize-giving ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean in the town’s Solitude Park from 4.30pm - 6.00pm. The marvellous Matt McGinn & Friends will kick start the prize-giving event with a foot stomping, sing-a-long, crowd pleasing performance before the winners of each of the six categories are announced.

Categories include overall winner, best individual, best band, best junior performer, best performance which is sponsored by Banbridge Chamber of Commerce and the ‘Spirit of BuskFest’ prize, sponsored by The Outlet, Banbridge.

As well as a superb cash prize, the overall winner will also land a spot on the line-up at Sunflowerfest which takes place from August 5-7 at Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, plus they will receive a live acoustic video recording by The Garage Project.

In addition to the musical merriment in the town centre an Artisan Food Market, celebrating NI’s Year of Food & Drink will offer up the best of the Borough’s local produce as well as tasty treats from further afield in Solitude Park from 11am – 6pm.

Online registration for BuskFest is now open at www.buskfest.com, further details can also be found on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/buskfest.