Musicians stepping up for busking competition

Cameron Sanderson, 16, one of the budding buskers taking part in the competition

Cameron Sanderson, 16, one of the budding buskers taking part in the competition

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Talented musicians have been chosen from thousands to perform at a busking competition.

The Gigs Big Busk, will see 18 musicians aged between eleven and 25 all vying to become busker of the year 2014.

More than 200 acts will pitch up at a variety of settings across London and each contestant will play every day, except Mondays until Saturday, August 9.

Votes can be cast online until Sunday, August 31.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Busking is a familiar and much loved part of city life, particularly in London and our gigs competition is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to shine in front of the public.

“Over the years gigs has provided a platform for some great musicians wanting to carve a career in the music industry.

“We're calling on the public to keep an eye out for our latest line up of talent, show their appreciation and, most importantly, get voting. We might have a budding Ed Sheeran or Ellie Goulding in our midst.”

Following a vote, 200 contestants will become 18 as the grand final takes place on Sunday, September 7, from 12pm at Westfield Stratford City.

Enfield’s hopefuls include:

  • Cameron Sanderson, 16, singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Jazz musician Crazyharmonica, 22
  • Singer, songwriter Natalie Shay, 15
  • Well Equipped, a six-strong alternative rap-rock band of 15 to 17 year olds
  • 16-year-old singer, songwriter Ellen Blane
  • 25-year-old quirky, alternative artist Charlie Handsome
  • Cosmic Minds, a five-strong pop covers band all aged 18
  • Singer and guitarist Raj Swamy, 22,
  • 20-year-old alternative musician Sterny  

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