Calling all buskers for popular competition

Macalla scooped the Spirit of BuskFest last year
Macalla scooped the Spirit of BuskFest last year

Musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers are being asked to register for Ireland’s fastest growing busking festival, which takes place in Banbridge town centre on Saturday June 25.

BuskFest will see a £3,000 cash pot up for grabs and is expected to attract a variety of musical artists from across the Province.

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

The competition runs from 1pm until 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 4.30 until 6pm.

The marvellous Matt McGinn & Friends will kick start the prize-giving event with a foot stomping, sing-a-long 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 the cash prize, the overall winner will also land a spot on the line-up at Sunflowerfest which takes place on August 5 until August 7, 2016 at Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough. They will also have the chance of avail of 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 the best of the borough’s local produce in Solitude Park.

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