Collier Row busker to battle it out in London-wide street music contest Gigs

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:13 26 July 2017

Busking duo Roadstead has made it to the next round of the Mayor of London's music competition Gigs. Picture: City Hall

Busking duo Roadstead has made it to the next round of the Mayor of London's music competition Gigs. Picture: City Hall

City Hall

A busking duo is gearing up to impress a panel of judges to make it through to the grand final of a London-wide competition which celebrates street music.

Roadstead, made up of 15-year-old Josh Gleaves, Collier Row, and 16-year-old Zac Carpenter from Croydon, has been chosen to perform at 19 special busking pitches in iconic locations set up across London between last Saturday and August 6.

If they manage to catch the eyes of a panel of music professionals, they will get through to the final of Gigs, London’s biggest busking contest.

Josh said: “We haven’t made it to the final just yet but we’re busking all around London and we’re definitely enjoying our time in the competition.”

Josh started busking around the streets of Romford from the age of 12 and has performed at many different music events including the Brentwood Festival, Village Green Festival and the Trafalgar Square International Music Festival.

He now studies music at The Brit School and has recorded his first EP called Stuck.

Josh teamed up with singer-songwriter Zac who he met through The Brit School and have not looked back since as they prepare for their up and coming performances.

The duo will compete in the open category while Josh will perform as a solo artist in the youth category, 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.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is a global capital of culture and we have produced some of the world’s greatest musicians.

“Many of them start out by busking and our Gigs competition gives them a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work.

“Over the next couple of weeks, you can enjoy brilliant performances from buskers competing to be crowned the capital’s top musicians and songwriters.

“Good luck to all those taking part.”

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