London Mayor Boris Johnson has kicked off the 2015 Big Busking competition, with last year’s winners The Tailormade performing at the launch.
Gigs is the city’s annual search for the capital’s most talented young musicians. Aimed at 11-25 year-olds, it gives aspiring artists the opportunity to hone their skills and gain valuable experience performing in front of the public – last year it was seen by an estimated 1.8 million people – and, if successful perform at the Grand Final at Westfield Stratford City in September.
Gigs also offers the chance to win great prizes to help young musicians develop their career. They include a much sought after licence to busk on the Tube; a busking trip to Paris; a bespoke music college course; recording sessions at a professional studio; and coaching from chart-topping songwriters.
Deadline – 31 May 2015
The Mayor is also backing the first ever National Busking Day. Taking place on 18 July, London will be joined by other UK cities in hosting a festival of busking, where performers will be given the chance to perform in iconic locations across the country. Trafalgar Square will be at the heart of the national celebrations.