Fatboy Slim, Reverend And The Makers, Billy Bragg back busking festival

Reverend And The Makers will busk in London tomorrow afternoon

Fatboy Slim, Reverend And The Makers and Billy Bragg are among the musicians backing a new busking festival.

Busk In London aims to make it easier for buskers to be able to perform in the capital. This weekend sees Reverend And The Makers singer Jon McClure will play in Trafalgar Square at 1:30pm tomorrow (July 23) as part of International Busking Day.

Others to back the initiative include The View, Corinne Bailey Rae, Danny Goffey, Paves, Hugh Cornwell, Jack Savoretti, KT Tunstall, King Charles, Whinnie Williams and Kiko Bun.

Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London, has pledged to strengthen London’s position as a cultural and artistic capital and Busk In London say the first International Busking Day would be part of that. Other cities taking part include New York, Sydney, Barcelona and Hong Kong.

Found In Music chief Dr Julia Jones said: “Busking enables people to hone superb live performance skills and confidence. It delivers unrivalled value in terms of providing accessible performances to people who can’t afford tickets, or who are socially isolated.”

The day is followed by a busking competition, with the final taking place at Stratford Westfield on September 4.

Full details of the festival can be found here.