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The Underground’s Got Talent: search is on to find London’s new buskers

Posted at 8:00 am, January 31, 2013 in Music & Nightlife, Transport

Calling all musicians: have you dreamed of playing to thousands of people on a daily basis? Do you have a repertoire that could rival the best in the biz? Then step this way and prove your worth at the upcoming Busking Auditions. The London Underground Busking Scheme has brought music to millions of commuters while providing talented individuals a sustainable creative outlet that could potentially pay the bills. With 39 official pitches across 25 stations and 200 active buskers, it’s not surprising that gaining a license is like finding a bucket of diamond dust. However, the scheme has 150 licenses up for grabs and all you have to do is email them by Feb 1 to register for the auditions. But who will you be up against? We’ve put together some of the buskers you may have spotted during your travels and even some famous faces that have taken to the subterranean stage. Carly-Ann Clements

From the guitarist with mad skills:

To the busker who ended up on stage with Rod Stewart (believed to be Amy Belle):

And what about those unbelievably professional buskers that put up with embarrassing displays from drunk strangers:

What about those sneaky travelling scamps:

Or one armed guitarist, ‘Ultravioletman’ – Benjamin Teacher:

Or Lee Ryan?:

Nah. Newton Faulkner’s more like it:

But whatever your act, we recommend leaving your clothes on:

For your chance to be one of London’s new buskers email busking@tube.tfl.gov.uk by Friday Feb 1 and start practising now!

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