Banbridge hits notes as Buskfest returns in May

A big festival event and showcase for Banbridge and Northern Ireland, the hugely popular competitive event attracts visitors from home and abroad and uplifts the spirits in a city known for great local music, food, drink and a warm and friendly welcome.

Registration for the rousing line-up will open on Monday, March 28, when participants of all ages and abilities can take part, rock and play or sing from the heart in hopes of winning a big cash prize. Aspiring artists and street musicians are advised to first register online at the site

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Up to £1,000 is available to the overall winner, as well as additional prizes for the best group, individual and youth performance, including the best performance sponsored by the Banbridge Chamber of Commerce and Spirit of Buskfest sponsored by The Boulevard. names at the beginning to be in with the opportunity to participate.

The Banbridge International Busking Festival returns for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, May 21st. Registration opens on Monday, March 28th.

The competition starts on Saturday, May 21st at 13:00 and runs until 16:00 when the heart of Banbridge is filled with musicians, singers, bands, solo artists and street performers. The awards ceremony then moves to Solitude Park, where the winners of each category get the opportunity to perform on stage. The park will have food stalls and children’s rides to keep families of all ages entertained. The evening concludes with a special performance by Duke Special, who still considers live performance one of his great musical passions and will be delighted to entertain crowds in Banbridge.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter, BuskFest judge and entertainer Ralph McLean is also returning to this year’s event and commented: “For almost 20 years, the Banbridge International Street Entertainment Festival has celebrated the finest in street entertainment and acts as a catalyst for new and emerging talent to rise to the challenge and made themselves known. This year’s event promises a great day for everyone.

He added: “If you haven’t attended BuskFest yet, you are guaranteed a fantastic family day out. Enjoy the great atmosphere of live music, dynamic street theater and entertainment. As a music lover, I’m delighted to be associated with BuskFest again this year.”

More information about BuskFest, including contest rules and registration, can be found on the event website at

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