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International Busking Day in Coventry [News]

Published: Friday, 19 July 2019

International busking day

Music will fill the streets of Coventry city centre this Saturday (July 20) – and it will be the sound of things to come for the UK City of Culture 2021.

Music Month will be brought to a close by International Busking Day that will see locations across the city centre serving up live, street music featuring a range of styles from 15 different artists, including rap, folk, R&B, metal, soul and blues

The event will run from midday until 6pm and will see performances at Friargate, Hertford Street, The Precinct fountain and in Broadgate, each lasting one hour. Buskers will be hooked up with amps and equipment before treating shoppers and passers-by to a broad selection of music.

A special treat is in store for those in Broadgate where Stickboy, a four-armed robotic drummer from Berlin created by Coventry musician Frank Barnes, who will be playing throughout the afternoon.

As well as marking the end of the city’s first Music Month, it also marks a change in the Coventry City Council’s policy on busking in Coventry city centre which will make it much more welcoming to live musicians wanting to perform.

Jon Davis, a Senior Producer at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “International Busking Day as a great way to conclude Music Month, which has seen a whole host of events across Coventry over the past few weeks.

“From bands in the park, melas and reggae nights, young people’s concerts at Warwick Arts Centre and Take The Square last weekend, through Godiva Festival and The Specials in the ruins of the old Cathedral, Music Month has shown what a diverse mix of talent and musical tastes we have in the city.”

Since 21 June in Music Month, Coventry City of Culture Trust has supported PRS and The Tin to launch the new Coventry Music Network and joined the PRS Key Change campaign to promote 50/50 gender equality across all music stages in 2021. 

Jon added: “Our year as UK City of Culture will be a great platform for local talent and this is another way in which we can support local musicians to grow, developing their skills and building audiences as we head towards 2021.

“Come and see some of the hottest acts from across the city, from local names to up and coming superstars, over four different sites, you can expect to see some great artists and musical talent. The city will be jumping! This final event as part of Music Month will add to the great atmosphere developing as we build towards our big year.   

 “International Busking Day has been supported by Coventry Business Improvement District and The Trust is delighted to have worked closely with Coventry City Council to support their work to evolve the policy that makes busking in the city much more welcoming. This will make it much easier to develop our own talent pool of musicians, as well as attract musicians to Coventry as we approach 2021.

“International Busking Day will be a great festival of local music and will hopefully give a good taste – and sound – of things to come.”

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