17 performers compete to be crowned Manchester’s best busker


Manchester’s got some cracking buskers. Now 17 of them are about to battle it out in front of a panel of judges to be crowned the best in Manchester.

Manchester’s Got Busker Talent has been organised by local charity Survivors Manchester  to raise awareness of 1Blue String – a global campaign created by 1in6.org whose mission is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

The winner of Manchester’s Got Busker Talent will away with £500 in vouchers.

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“We are overwhelmed by the phenomenal response that we have received for this event,” said Duncan Craig of Survivors Manchester.

“We knew the standard of entries would be high and we haven’t been disappointed. Sunday’s final is guaranteed to be incredible.”

Judges will include Edinburgh Fringe award-winning comedian Richard Gadd; UK based multi-genre DJ, Sam Thompson, aka BassDuckFresh; ex-professional footballer and founder of Offside Trust, Steve Walters; and journalist and ex-NME staff writer, Ally Fogg.

“When we first heard about the idea we thought it would be a great event and we couldn’t wait to get involved and support the amazing work Survivors Manchester does across the region,” says The Printworks’ Fred Booth.

“We hope Mancunians get behind the event and come down to support the musicians and we look forward to welcoming everyone to The Printworks this Sunday.”

Sunday 19th November, 12 noon until 4pm. Free. For further information on Survivors Manchester, click here.


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