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Collier Row busker beats thousands to land first place in Teenstar talent competition

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 August 2017

Busker Josh Gleaves. Picture: Raskita Taylor

Busker Josh Gleaves. Picture: Raskita Taylor

Raskita Taylor

A teenage busking duo beat thousands of entrants to land first place in a talent competition.

Joshua Gleaves busking in Romford last year. Picture: Paul Bennett Joshua Gleaves busking in Romford last year. Picture: Paul Bennett

Together, Joshua Gleaves, 15, of Dominion Drive, Collier Row, and Zac Carpenter, 16, from Croydon, form Roadstead and came first in the late-teen singers top five category.

Joshua, said the news last week, came as a “surprise”.

“We won four hours of recording time and a chat with a manager about our careers,” he said.

“I didn’t think I was going to win to be honest, about 10,000 people entered.

“It’s pretty cool.”

Joshua, attends The Brit School in Croydon which boasts a glittering alumni that includes Adele, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Amy Winehouse, Rizzle Kicks, and The Feeling.

Roadstead is taking part in the London mayor's Gigs competition. Picture: Raskita Taylor Roadstead is taking part in the London mayor's Gigs competition. Picture: Raskita Taylor

But Joshua’s favourite artist is country music superstar Chris Stapleton.

The duo was chosen to perform at 19 special pitches in iconic locations set up across London in Gigs, the capital’s biggest busking contest.

Past participants such as singer-songwriter Nicola Hogg went from playing Gigs to Glastonbury, and band Dat Brass went onto to secure a record deal.

Joshua, who started busking in Romford aged just 12, continued: “Waterloo Train Station is my favourite place to busk.

“It’s got a really good flow of people and interaction.”

He hopes to carve out a creative career for himself.

“I’d like to be able to earn a good living playing music and hopefully do a few tours,” he continued.

And with that the youngster was off to play to crowds gathered outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

The talented teenager has played many musical events including Brentwood Festival, Village Green Festival, and Trafalgar Square International Music Festival.

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Gigs competition ends on Sunday.

As well as Roadstead competing in the open category, Joshua is also entered into the “youth” category as a solo act in a bid to make it through to the final which is due to take place on Sunday 3 September at Westfield London.

Five performers will be chosen for each category by the judges, but members of the public can have their say and vote for their

favourite online.

The busker with the most votes for all of the categories will go through to the final.

To vote for Joshua click here, and you can also cast your vote for Roadstead .

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