City’s first street singers’ festival opens for hardiest of souls
High street shoppers are more than used to buskers by now - but even the most experienced browsers will have never seen anything like this in Preston before.
The city’s very first busking festival kicked off on Saturday, with performers blasting out live music for visitors braving the poor weather.
A host of buskers performed in various locations, including at the Flag Market, to show off their vocal and instrument playing skills.
One, 20-year-old George Prince from Houghton, said: “Busking has helped me build up my confidence to perform in front of the general public and as a result of this I’m currently working with a producer in Chelsea.”
George studied music at Preston College before going on to study a degree at the BIMM Institute in London, where he was spotted by the producer while busking in the street.
I’m here to show support to those who want to make a professional career out of their talents
He added: “When you have a passion for something, it feels amazing to be able to share your knowledge with other like-minded people.”
All the money raised from the weekend event, which was organised by CommunityHelpUK/Africa, will go towards helping some of the poorest people in the world.
The charity’s chariman, Phila Kaila, hopes to transform the city into a hub of culture by supporting Preston’s talent and by attracting buskers from across the north west.
He said: “I want Preston to be just as cultural as Liverpool.
“We need the public to step up and help with this, and we need them to carry on showing our buskers and performers support.”
Barry Jackson, from Manchester, attended the event after being headhunted by Phil.
He said: “Buskers have been getting a raw deal. Nowadays we have buskers masquerading as beggars, which upsets councils and local businesses.
“I’m here to show support to those who want to make a professional career out of their talents.”