Buskers invited to audition for permits in front of live audience

Calling all buskers…

We’re inviting performers and buskers from across Durham to provide an evening of entertainment for members of the public!

As part of the introduction of new Durham City busking permits we’re introducing Live InDurham: Busking, where buskers have the chance to audition in front of a live audience for the chance to be granted with a six-month permit to perform in the city centre.

Live InDurham: Busking will take place on the evening of 18th August from 7pm at Whisky River, Durham.  

Live InDurham: Busking will be the first event of its kind in the City and we will be holding further events in the future too.  We’re hoping it will give performers and artists the chance to show us how amazing they are at what they do whilst offering the public a jam-packed evening of great music and entertainment.

There is no set limit to the number of busking permits so that everyone can have the chance to perform if they are voted for by the judges.  Durham busking permits will last six months, and auditions for buskers will be held every four months to help keep things new and interesting around the city, and most importantly, to help keep the public entertained!

To say thanks for helping us to make Durham city a great place to be, we will support all our buskers giving them a chance to have a profile on our website site and endorsement across our promotional channels to help give our acts more exposure and the chance to kick start careers in music.

There are 20 audition slots on the night which are by application only, and you must be at least 14 years old to apply. Buskers aged under 18 will also need consent from a parent or guardian to take part. 

Do you think you have what it takes? If you’re interested in trying out your act for the chance to be granted a busking permit, make sure you sign up to the event and book your audition slot ahead of the 18th August.

Looking for an evening of entertainment?

We want to make sure you have a positive experience when visiting the City and buskers and performers around the city centre help contribute to that. We know it’s great being able to enjoy the performances of really talented buskers across our city when you’re out and about so that’s why we’re bringing you Live InDurham: Busking.  Buskers will audition for the chance to gain a Durham busking permit and you can be there to join in the fun!

There will be five judges at the event, representing Durham BID, Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary, the host venue and you, the public.  The event has been arranged to allow you, the public the opportunity to get involved and make sure your favourite acts will have the chance to busk in Durham over the coming months.

This exciting event is all part of August’s Live InDurham. If you haven’t heard about it yet, Live InDurham is a brand new monthly event which will bring a host of entertainment to the city from music and dancing, to poetry and performances.

Happening on the third weekend of each month Live InDurham will run alongside firm favourites Dine InDurham and Fashion InDurham. Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, to run errands or just for a great day out there’s something for everyone in Durham. 

We’re all looking forward to Live InDurham: Busking and think it will only add to the amazing range of events and activities in the City.  Hope to see you there!

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