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Liverpool ONE calls on talented buskers to showcase their talents

A fresh busking initiative has been launched at Liverpool ONE, providing a platform for proficient musicians to exhibit their skills.

Liverpool ONE Live will start on 8 February. It will be giving buskers the opportunity to perform at 12 different spots within the retail and entertainment destination. Their music will create a lively atmosphere for visitors from all over Liverpool City Region and beyond.

The programme is intended to showcase the diverse range of talent thriving in our area, including seasoned performers, emerging artists, aspiring music professionals, and visiting guests. The goal is to highlight the blend of skills and potential present within our region.

Liverpool ONE Live is a fresh addition to the entertainment options available at the destination. The event will be ongoing and will offer an improved platform and more locations for performances than in previous years. Additionally, loyal buskers will be rewarded for their participation. The event builds on the tradition of hosting buskers and performances at the shopping destination.

Michael Aldag and Harriet Marsland, who are both local talents, have previously performed.

Michael Aldag, local musician, said:

“I love busking and performing at Liverpool ONE was a great way for me to get experience at an early stage of my career. I think applying to be part of Liverpool ONE Live is an important opportunity for upcoming artists.”

Buskers will have the opportunity to connect with fresh audiences and showcase their talents across Liverpool ONE channels through the busking programme. The programme will act as a platform to propel buskers forward.

Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director, said:

“We’re extremely lucky to be home to such amazing musical talent here in Liverpool. 

“Our events like Tickle the Ivories, our piano festival over the summer, never fail to highlight the incredible skills that are right here on our doorstep, and we’re confident that the busking programme will mirror this success.

“Celebrating local communities and creating events that bring people together and encourage new interactions is at the heart of everything we do at Liverpool ONE. 

“We’re looking forward to seeing what new talent we can uncover with the programme, so we’d like to call on musicians from all genres to apply and come along.”

Liverpool ONE Live can accommodate both individuals and groups of up to four people.

Performers who are interested in obtaining a permit must apply to Liverpool ONE directly. The permit requirement includes the ability to play a musical instrument in addition to singing.

Kevin McManus, Head of UNESCO City of Music Liverpool, said:

“Music is the lifeblood of Liverpool and we have a global reputation for developing incredibly talented, unique musicians. 

“Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city, you cannot deny how music help create a vibrant, lively atmosphere, and Liverpool ONE Live will enable even more musicians to get out there and show off their talents right in the heart of the city.”

To learn more about the process of applying to perform as a busker for Liverpool ONE Live, please visit their website.


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