London busking contest 2015 open for entries

Gigs-2014Calling all songwriters and performers – enter London’s biggest busking competition for your chance to play to thousands of people at locations across the city.

The Mayor of London is calling on the city’s young musicians to sign up for the Greater London Authority contest by 7 June 2015.

The initiative, called Gigs, is sponsored by PRS for Music and is welcoming entrants aged 11 to 25 of all musical flavours – from pop to classical, hip-hop to folk.

The best acts to be chosen by an expert industry judges and a public vote will go head-to-head in the Gigs Grand Final at Westfield Stratford City in September.

Prizes include a year’s London Underground busking licence, a recording session at a professional studio, a busking trip to Paris and a training package from The Institute of Contemporary Music.

For more information, and to enter, please visit

The Gigs initiative is now the capital’s biggest free music festival and the largest youth music competition in the UK.

It’s been running since 2009 in partnership with Transport for London and has helped kickstart the careers of Jamie West, Robbie Boyd, James Riley, Natalie Shay, Sam Barnett and Stella and the Shakes.