BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event comprises an outdoor daytime busking competition followed by a prize giving ceremony in Solitude Park. This flagship event is now entering its 14th year and attracts 6000+ people to Banbridge town centre.
Busking Competition: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Every year the streets of Banbridge town centre are full to capacity with hundreds of musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers from across the globe entertaining large family crowds in the hope of winning a prize from the £3000 cash pot.
The categories are as follows:-
- Overall winner
- Best Individual – Adult
- Best Junior
- Best Band
- Best Performance
- Spirit of Buskfest
‘If you haven’t yet visited BuskFest you are guaranteed a fantastic family day out. Enjoy the great atmosphere of the live music, dynamic street theatre, comedy and entertainment. As a music lover, I am delighted to be associated with BuskFest again this year.’
Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster, Buskfest Judge and compere.
BuskFest showcases the wealth and diversity of musical talent and performing skills thriving from the local area and further afield.
We aim to make BuskFest the leading busking festival in Ireland through our professional approach to the organisation of the event and by proactively seeking innovative ways of developing the event.
We work in partnership with all sectors of our local community to ensure that the BuskFest event remains fully inclusive to all.
Congratulations to the winners of BuskFest 2017:
- Overall – Weston Clendinning
- Best Individual – Christopher McKevitt
- Best Junior – Charlie Magill & Aodhan Moran
- Best Band – Sins of a Cynic
- Best Performance – Sam Leeson (sponsored by Banbridge Chamber of Commerce)
- Spirit of BuskFest – Hugo Boitel-Gill (sponsored by THE OUTLET)