Buskival has been a personal project that I’d wanted to bring to life for quite some time and I am thrilled Bradford Council and Summer Unlocked made this dream a reality. Buskival was a celebration of live music where I got to create performance and work opportunities for musicians in Bradford after a tough and long time in lockdown. I am thrilled with the positive feedback from the community and equally excited to be able to support and encourage artists to get out and busk.
Bringing live music to Bradford city centre, Shipley and Keighley, filled my heart with joy. Over the weekend our musicians and artists reached over 5000 people featuring Ntantu, Sunflower Thieves, Tranquil Productions, Kinaara, Musumba, Kenzo Jae, Mookie & The Bab, Internet Raised, Harris Hameed and The Urban Cellist to name a few. There was music to suit many preferences including Rap, RNB, Punjab, Folk, Pop, Indie, Jazz, Soul, Beat Boxing, Breakdancing, Grime and Rock.
Buskival had been a seedling in my mind ever since interviewing for my role as Music Instigator at Bradford Producing Hub. After hearing that people wanted it- I decided to bring the idea to life, and it felt like the perfect event for Summer Unlocked because it provided a safe platform to many artists working outdoors. It was incredibly rewarding to see happy audiences of all ages and diverse backgrounds enjoying a versatile line-up of brilliant local musicians.
I personally would like to give a shout out to the artists, The Mill TV, The Exchange in Keighley, The Beehive in Shipley, Out Of Place Studio and the amazing team for co-creating this vision in one of the most challenging times.
Buskival has recently partnered with Bradford BID to programme music for the North Parade Street Festival which indicates that we have created an umbrella brand with a legacy for musicians in Bradford. You may see us pop up again in the future!
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