The sun was shining and the streets of Banbridge were alive with the sound of music on Saturday 22 June as the town celebrated the 16th annual busking festival. With over 90 performers throughout the town the enthusiastic crowds enjoyed a superb afternoon of family fun and entertainment.
Following the busking competition a large crowd filled Solitude Park where they were treated to an excellent showcase of marvellous music by Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights, before the all-important winners were announced. An evening concert by The 4 Of Us had the crowds on their feet, adding to a great day of fantastic musical entertainment.
BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean and the judging panel had much to debate about as some very difficult decisions were made when deciding on the final winners as they all agreed the standard of entries this year was exceptional, however after careful consideration the BuskFest 2019 winners were announced as follows:-
Overall Winner – Anna’s Number, Banbridge
Best Individual – Darryl Quinn, Dungannon
Best Band – Paul & The Meanie, Newry
Best Junior – Sancia Kennedy, Banbridge
Best Performance – sponsored by Banbridge Chamber of Commerce – Belfast Ukulele, Banbridge
Spirit of BuskFest – sponsored by The Boulevard – The Curry Chips, Rathfriland
The organisers of Banbridge BuskFest would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s event a great success.