Cricklewood band played at the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

The Kings Parade hail from Cricklewood (Photo Credit: James O. Jenkins)

The Kings Parade hail from Cricklewood (Photo Credit: James O. Jenkins) - Credit: Archant

A Cricklewood band wowed the crowds at a special event hosted by the Mayor of London to celebrate St George’s Day.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, with The King's Parade at St Pancras International Station today (pi

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, with The King's Parade at St Pancras International Station today (pic credit: Polly Hancock) - Credit: Archant

The King’s Parade preformed live on stage at the Feast of St George which took place at Trafalgar Square yesterday.

Tomorrow is the national day for the patron saint of England. The quartet scooped Boris Johnson’s annual #BackBusking campaign last year, and are promoting the quest to find this year’s winning act.

Earlier this month they joined Mr Johnson at St Pancras International Station where they played a selection of songs before boarding a Eurostar train to Paris where they busked in the French capital.

Any London-based musicians aged 11-25, of all genres, are welcome to enter the contest with the shortlisted acts taking part in live performances at busking pitches across the city including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush and major rail and Tube stations.

Expert industry judges and the public will vote for the best acts which will battle it out in a final to be held on September 7.


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Mr Johnson said: “In the music capital of the world, one of my biggest passions is supporting talented youngsters, through our education programmes and through Gigs. Attracting thousands of entries, Gigs is giving young musicians the opportunity to hone their skills in front of live audiences, with many going onto forge careers in the music industry.”

The winning prizes include a year’s London Underground busking licence, recording sessions at a top professional studio, a performance training package from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Kilburn, and the opportunity to busk in Paris sponsored by Eurostar.

For more information visit www.gigsbigbusk.com.

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