Some of the biggest names in music began their careers as buskers in London: think Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart.
And now, the search is almost over for the capital’s hottest new busking star. Some of the capital’s most talented unknown musicians and singers will be battling it out in the city’s biggest busking competition today at the Westfield London shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush.
More than 1000 young Londoners aged 11 to 25 applied for the GIGS: Big Busk competition (part of the Mayor of London’s summer events programme) and 18 of them will be trying to impress a panel of judges today. Expect to see an eclectic bunch – from rappers to rock bands. The winning act will scoop a much-coveted London Underground busking licence, music equipment, training and support to help them develop their careers.
The event starts at 12pm with the winning act being crowned at 5.30pm. See www.molpresents.com/gigs for more details.