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Call for buskers - Strabane Summer Jamm Busking Competition Now Open!

15 May 2017

As Summer Jamm returns to Strabane next month, festival organisers are reminding performers and musicians that they could be in with a chance of winning up to £1000 in a busking competition on Saturday 10th June.
The top prize of £1000 will be awarded to the winner of the competition, second placed will be awarded £400 and third placed will receive £200. The competition, organised by Martin Gallen (Strabane Chamber of Commerce), supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council and sponsored by o2, Strabane, will give performers an opportunity to showcase their talent to a grand audience while competing for the top prize spot in front of a group of experts from the entertainment industry.
Martin Gallen, Strabane Chamber of Commerce said, ““With the busking festival we’re hoping to shine a light on some of our local talent. With a grand prize of £1000 up for grabs we hope to inspire and encourage performers to progress their talents and maybe one day perform on the main stage of the festival. Anyone wishing to enter should contact myself on [email protected] or telephone 079 8815 6492, entry to the competition is free.”
The busking competition, alongside Strabane BID Company’s Saturday evening concert forms part of the wider Derry City and Strabane District Council Summer Jamm Festival programme. The family friendly festival runs from 9th – 11th June and is set to be one of the events of the year for the North West, with a Friday evening concert at the Alley Theatre, a Country Jamm Concert on the Sunday, street entertainment and a Saturday market.
Speaking ahead of the festival, Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ashleigh Devine, said, “Council would like to thank Martin Gallen for organising the busking competition, our festival sponsors SGN Natural Gas and the Strabane BID Company who are organising of the Saturday evening concert, for helping us to produce a great programme for the weekend.
“The festival will feature some of Ireland’s best bands and performers with the varied line-up over the weekend including, The Blizzards (headed by RTE’s ‘The Voice of Ireland’ Judge, Bressie), Irish folk/pop duo Hudson Taylor, The Academic, Ryan McMullan, who supported Ed Sheeran's sold out European Tour this year and Roisin O, who has performed with The Coronas, Gavin James and Mumford & Sons. There will also be performances by some of the biggest and most exciting country music stars including David James, Cliona Hagan and Johnny Brady. You will not want to miss it”
This year Council decided to extend the festival to three days to offer even more entertainment and facilitate the large number of visitors who travelled to the area for last year’s events.
Ashleigh added, ““With entertainment available for all ages and an additional day added to the festival, we expect they’ll really good turnout each day and hope everyone can support it. Local businesses, pubs and venues have all got behind the festival and will be providing their own live music and special offers for the weekend so it’s great to see everyone coming together for it.”
Tickets are now available for the Summer Jamm music festival. For more information on all the events and to book tickets visit www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm or contact the Alley Theatre Box Office. Telephone 028 7138 4444.
Further press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Communications Section, Tel. 028 71 376 583 or email[email protected].