Fifth annual Busker Fleadh moves online for a weekend packed with live music and performance

Twenty successful acts will appear on a virtual stage at this year’s Busker Fleadh, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, to showcase the best of independent music and performance Ireland has to offer. Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this free online event which promises a great day full of music and performances for the whole family!

The event will be streamed on the Busker Fleadh Facebook page and YouTube channel, featuring a diverse line up of bands and solo acts playing both well-known hits and original compositions. As well as enjoying fantastic performances from our buskers, viewers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite performance online during the Busker Fleadh.

RockJam Music School will be hosting various music workshops and activities over the weekend, suitable for all ages and musical abilities. From performance tips to specific instrument workshops, RockJam have everything budding musicians need to hone their skills.

There is also a competitive element to the Fleadh, as music industry judges will be present on the day to choose their favourite buskers, one group and one solo act. The lucky overall winner will receive a free recording session with a professional sound engineer (valued at €1,000) in Windmill Lane Recording Studios, a digital copy of their recordings, and a new model Hudson Guitar (valued at €300) from Gandharva Loka and Hudson Guitar Co!

Speaking at the launch of the Busker Fleadh, Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, said, “This has been a tough few months for those involved in the performing arts, so it’s a great opportunity for buskers to get out and share their talents safely, in line with current COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Busker Fleadh is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Dublin’s vibrant music scene, the diverse range of talented performers and the importance of busking and music culture to our city.”

Kathryn Byrne, Busker Fleadh organiser, said, “We’re delighted to see so much interest in the Busker Fleadh and are excited to have such a diverse and exciting line up planned for this weekend. We were worried that this year’s event would not be possible due to COVID-19, so we are thrilled that this year’s Fleadh can go ahead, albeit in a slightly different format. Busking culture is an important part of Dublin’s vibrant music scene and the Busker Fleadh is a great opportunity to celebrate this. Celebrating its fifth year running, the Busker Fleadh really is a fantastic event for music lovers of all ages and genres to come together and share in their love of music.”

The Busker Fleadh is brought to you by Dublin City Council, supported by Windmill Lane Recording Studio, RockJam Music School, Gandharva Loka and Hudson Guitar Co.

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