Guerrilla Busking in Manchester Today

by Tom Kerswill on May 15th, 2009
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Hey – today, throughout Manchester, there will be musicians busking at various locations… Starting from midday. Here’s the official press release. I’m busking inside (strangely!) at the Castle Hotel, Oldham St, Manchester, from 1.30pm today.. Then I’ll be joining everyone else, watching other buskers playing during the afternoon. Here’s the official press release:

This Friday 15th May sees over 20 Manchester musicians hit the city centre streets, playing an eclectic series of impromptu gigs in a variety of secret, unauthorised locations, from the very public to the very hidden. Organised by local music collective Single Cell, and taking place as part of the Futuresonic 2009 festival, the gigs, running from midday until 8pm, will feature a diverse range of artists such as John Robb, John Fairhurst and poet Mike Garry, representing everything from african drumming to heavy metal and acoustic folk.

Although secret, locations and times will be revealed on the day via the Single Cell website, Twitter and a mobile phone number. Supported by Refugee Action the gigs will raise money and awareness on the issue of destitute refugees.

“Asylum seekers appealing decisions made by refugee courts are left without benefits or the ability to earn a living. These busking performances are taking place without permission in marginalised locations or hidden in very public places, mirroring the status of these destitute refugees.”

All proceeds from the gigs will go to destitute refugee campaigns and all acts are playing free of charge.

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