BUSK IN LONDON FESTIVAL
Trafalgar Square, London
23rd and 24th July 2016
Seal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Fatboy Slim, Kiko Bun, Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall, Jon McLure and Jack Savoretti are amongst some of the stars backing London’s Busk In London Festival
Some of the music industry’s top names have thrown their weight behind London’s plans to become the most busker friendly city in the world.
High profile support comes ahead of London leading International Busking Day www.buskinlondon.com
Seal, Billy, Bragg, Corinne Bailey Rae, Danny Goffey, Fatboy Slim, Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Jack Savoretti, Jon McLure, Kiko BUN, King Charles, KT Tunstall, The View, Whinnie Williamsand Paves have all signed up as Ambassadors of the Busk in London scheme, which aims to make busking on London’s streets as easy as possible for performers.
Although great strides have been made in recent years, busking musicians and street performers continue to face obstacles in many cities as a result of confusing rules, unnecessary red tape and even the threat of arrest – despite it being popular with Londoners and tourists alike. This high-profile support for busking builds on the work being done by Busk in London to counter misconceptions, make street performance as easy and straightforward as possible in the capital and highlight its significance in the life of cities.
Busking is so important to the live music industry. “It enables them to hone superb live performance skills and confidence. They are seen by tens of thousands of people in high footfall locations. It also delivers unrivalled value in terms of providing accessible performances to people who can’t afford tickets or who are socially isolated. Dr Julia Jones, Found in Music CEO
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to strengthen London’s position as the world’s artistic and cultural capital and, at the first ever International Busking Day on 23 July, the capital will lead fifty cities across the UK, along with major world cities including New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Paris and Toronto for the most ambitious celebration of busking and street performance ever staged.
Saturday 23 July – International Busking Day
23 & 24 July – Busk in London Festival, Trafalgar Square
23 July to 7 August – Gigs competition live performances
Sunday 4 September – Gigs Grand Final at Westfield Stratford City
More details about International Busking Day and the Busk in London Festival can be found at www.buskinlondon.com.