National Busking Day
London joins towns and cities across the UK for first National Busking Day Street performers from around the world take to streets and railway stations across the UK on 18 July, including Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Canterbury, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Margate, Newcastle-Gateshead, Norwich and York.
London will host a massive party featuring live music and street performance, when it joins forces with towns cities across the country for the first ever National Busking Day on Saturday 18 July.
Trafalgar Square will be at the heart of the nationwide festival, with an unprecedented line-up of specially chosen performers from across the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia, Chile and Argentina bringing music, magic, street dance, physical theatre, street art, plus delicious food.
Other locations around the country will include Brighton Pavilion Gardens; Castle Street, Edinburgh, with the castle as backdrop; the Sage in Gateshead; Glasgow Buchanan Street; Liverpool One; and the newly opened Dreamland in Margate.
Details of other pitches and locations will be released soon. National Busking Day also kicks off the Busk in London Festival, which runs for three consecutive weekends in July and August.
It also heralds the start of live performances by young musicians who have entered this year's Gigs, the Mayor's annual busking competition. Talented youngsters aged 11-25 will get the chance to perform in high profile locations across the capital, get their music heard and hone their performance skills much like top artists in the music industry did when starting out.