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Mayor launches Tube busking contest

Published 28/03/2011 | 16:38

Mayor of London Boris Johnson joins musician Newton Faulkner at London Bridge Station
Mayor of London Boris Johnson joins musician Newton Faulkner at London Bridge Station

Boris Johnson has been making a song and dance - promoting a competition for young buskers on the London Underground.

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The London Mayor appeared alongside double-platinum artist Newton Faulkner at London Bridge station ahead of the Rhythm of London Busking Underground competition.

Mr Johnson took a few minutes to strum Faulkner's guitar, and said: "This is a brilliant scheme to support young musicians in London.

"There is some amazing talent and a lot of it begins busking on London Underground stations.

"People like Eric Clapton who went on to have careers of intergalactic cultural importance began here, so we want to encourage that talent. We could unearth other gods of the music business."

Finalists of last year's competition The Lorelles performed with Faulkner, who gave his support to the scheme.

He said: "Music education is really important and it's great to give people the opportunity to get into music."

But he questioned busking as a stepping stone for aspiring artists, adding: "Busking is really hard work. I am used to bigger crowds so it was quite scary to stand in a corner and play.

"I'm not sure how useful it is for breaking into the music industry."

Buskers who want to enter the competition have until April 3 to make a two-minute video. The 100 best acts will be whittled down to just 10 when they busk at Tube stations on April 16.

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