Letterkenny tuning up for Busking Festival

Letterkenny’s former mayor enjoying one of the busking acts from previous years.

LETTERKENNY will be in fine tune tomorrow (Saturday) when the annual Busking Festival takes over the town’s Main Street.

Musicians, street entertainers and performers of all kinds are preparing their sets to compete for an amazing prize fund of €1,000.


Entries are open to all types of street performers and if last year’s event was anything to go by the quality of the busking will be top class. Buskers will take to the streets from 1pm to 4.40pm creating a fantastic fun day for all the family in Letterkenny.

Everyone likes a bit of music when they are out shopping and it brings a great atmosphere to the whole town. This year’s event coincides with the Seisiún Music Trail that is taking place in venues across Letterkenny that evening as part of the Earagail Arts Festival so you can spend a whole day in Letterkenny listening to fantastic music.

“Bringing music on to the street on a Saturday afternoon always brings a feel good atmosphere especially in the Summer”, explained Gerard McCormick, President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce that is organising the Busking Festival through its ShopLK Brand. “Last year we were pleased with the level of entries, it brought lots of music out on to the streets and response and feedback was excellent. This year we are hoping to build on this to bring in more pitches. With the prize fund on offer we know we’ll have a high standard of acts and we encourage everyone to come out and support the buskers on the day”.

“ShopLK is all about enjoying the best shopping experience in Letterkenny and we want our regular customers and visitors to the town to really enjoy what Letterkenny has to offer. This type of event that is funded through the Retail Promotion initiative from Donegal County Council makes happy shoppers and creates a real buzz and we know there will be tight competition for the top spot.”

The competition is open to buskers and street performers/entertainers of all disciplines. All performers who want to take part must register at the market Centre, Main Street, Letterkenny between 11.30am – 12.30pm on the day. They will be allocated a slot and will be required to perform from 1pm until 4.00pm. The Acts will then be judged anonymously during the afternoon and the winner will be announced at 4.30pm at Market Centre, Main Street, Letterkenny.

To pre-register for the competition and get more information on the format of the day and the rules and regulations are available on or alternatively email


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