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Buskers to get stage in Piccadilly Gardens

Pilot project to showcase city’s musical talent

Published on October 11th 2010.

Buskers to get stage in Piccadilly Gardens

Piccadilly Gardens is set to become home to Manchester’s first official busking stage to allow street musicians to showcase their talents.

This pilot event, organised by The Piccadilly Partnership, in conjunction with The Manchester College, will take place in Piccadilly Gardens on Friday 15 October between 12 noon and 4pm.

The stage will be opened by Manchester-based singer-songwriter Richard Dutton and his band The So and So’s. The band will be performing this year’s In The City, which also takes place in the Piccadilly area this week.

Students from The Manchester College will also have the opportunity to perform on the stage. Manchester-based singer Ruby-Ann Patterson will close the event.

Alex King, Piccadilly Partnership manager for Cityco, the city centre management company, said: “Manchester is known as a musical city, where you can go and see bands and performances any night of the week. The busking stage is a recognition for the city’s other musical culture; one that is open to everyone.

“Piccadilly Gardens is an area that lends itself perfectly to hosting creative events and encouraging a positive atmosphere. This is part of our long-term commitment to the area and we hope that by working closely with The Manchester College this pilot scheme will prove popular enough for us to make it a more frequent occurrence.”

Rose Durbin, music tutor at The Manchester College, said: “The Piccadilly busking stage has been designed to provide opportunities for students and the general public alike to perform music of all kinds.

“We hope to build on this event and develop an ongoing performance event in Piccadilly Gardens for the entertainment and enjoyment for all that use the central and vibrant space.”

The Piccadilly Partnership is a division of Cityco, the Manchester city centre management company.

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Leigh ScottOctober 11th 2010.

I can't wait to see who shows up to this!!!

AnonymousOctober 11th 2010.

Will Mellor; if he thinks he'll get his mug in the MEN 'gossip column'

BrianOctober 11th 2010.

Piccadilly Gardens is already busy why cant this be put somewhere less poular to drive some spending money in its direction?

BadlyWrittenYobOctober 12th 2010.

Its not really a "buskers stage" is it? Its a stage in Piccadilly that'll be used as an excuse to drive other real buskers out the city no doubt. I agree with Anonymous - Will Mellor and Shane Ward are going to be fighting tooth and nail and get a slot.

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