Banbridge is buzzing for Buskfest return

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Deputy Mayor Cllr Brendan Curran  along with Ralph McLean (BBC), Assistant Arts & Events Officer Danielle Fegan, Yvonne Jackson (Banbridge Traders) launch year's Buskfest which will take place in Banbridge on Saturday 25th June �Edward Byrne Photography
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Deputy Mayor Cllr Brendan Curran along with Ralph McLean (BBC), Assistant Arts & Events Officer Danielle Fegan, Yvonne Jackson (Banbridge Traders) launch year's Buskfest which will take place in Banbridge on Saturday 25th June �Edward Byrne Photography
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The streets of Banbridge town centre will be buzzing on Saturday 25 June with the return of Buskfest.

A multitude of musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers from across the globe 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.

Speaking at the launch Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Brendan Curran said: “I am delighted to be part of Buskfest. Now in it’s 13th year this annual musical celebration has grown both in numbers participating as well as visitors to the town centre.

“BuskFest is an excellent opportunity for musicians from near and far to showcase their talents and is a great day out for all the family to enjoy. From budding buskers to seasoned singers everyone is welcome to be part of this exceptional event.”

The competition runs from 1pm to 4.30pm in Banbridge town centre and concludes with the all important prizegiving ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean in Solitude Park from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Matt McGinn & Friends will kick start the prizegiving event before the winners of each of the six categories are announced.

Categories include overall winner, best individual, best band, best junior performer, best performance and the ‘Spirit of BuskFest’ prize.

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 5 to 7 August 2016 at Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough and receive a live acoustic video recording by The Garage Project.

There will also be an Artisan Food Market, celebrating NI’s Year of Food & Drink, which will offer up the best of the Borough’s local produce and tasty treats from further afield in Solitude Park from 11am to 6pm.

Online registration for Buskfest is now open at www.buskfest.com.