Call for Buskers to Jamm in Strabane

Artists and bands have the chance to win up to £1,000 by taking part in the Summer Jamm festival's annual showcase competition

Strabane's annual music festival could be 'money for Jamm' for local musicians and performers with the chance to win £1,000 by taking part in a busking competition on Saturday, June 10.

Part of the Derry City and Strabane District Council's Summer Jamm programme, which runs from June 9 to 11, artists are invited to showcase their talents and compete for the top prize in front of industry experts, with £400 and £200 also being awarded to second and third place.

Organiser Martin Gallen, Strabane Chamber of Commerce said: 'With the busking festival we’re hoping to shine a light on some of our local talent. With a grand prize of £1,000 up for grabs we hope to inspire and encourage performers to progress their talents and maybe one day perform on the main stage of the festival. Anyone wishing to enter should contact myself on martin@banbadesign.co.uk or telephone 079 8815 6492. Entry to the competition is free.'

The family friendly festival is being billed as one of the events of the year for the North West, with a Friday evening concert at the Alley Theatre, a Country Jamm Concert on the Sunday, street entertainment and a Saturday market.

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Speaking ahead of the festival, Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ashleigh Devine, said: 'Council would like to thank Martin Gallen for organising the busking competition, our festival sponsors SGN Natural Gas and the Strabane BID Company who are organising of the Saturday evening concert, for helping us to produce a great programme for the weekend.

'The festival will feature some of Ireland’s best bands and performers with the varied line-up over the weekend including, The Blizzards, Irish folk/pop duo Hudson Taylor, The Academic, Ryan McMullan, who supported Ed Sheeran's sold out European tour this year and Roisin O, who has performed with The Coronas, Gavin James and Mumford & Sons. There will also be performances by some of the biggest and most exciting country music stars including David James, Cliona Hagan and Johnny Brady. You will not want to miss it.'

This year the council decided to extend the festival to three days to offer even more entertainment and facilitate the large number of visitors who travelled to the area for last year’s events.

Devine added: 'With entertainment available for all ages and an additional day added to the festival, we expect they’ll really good turnout each day and hope everyone can support it. Local businesses, pubs and venues have all got behind the festival and will be providing their own live music and special offers for the weekend so it’s great to see everyone coming together for it.'

Meanwhile the Alley Theatre has launched its summer programme of events, with a sizzling season of music, drama, children's entertainment and exhibitions marking the venue's 10th anniversary over the coming months. Browse the new Events Guide below.

To book tickets for the Summer Jamm visit www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm or contact the Alley Theatre box office on 028 7138 4444.