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Bromley teenager competes in street music competition

PUBLISHED: 12:26 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:26 07 August 2014

Victoria Man has been enjoying the competition.

Victoria Man has been enjoying the competition.

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Busking is a well known and appreciated aspect of city life and helped to launch the careers of successful performers such as Ed Sheeran.

Gigs Big Busk, established by the Mayor of London in 2012, aims to give young people the chance to embrace street music and hone their skills by performing in public.

More than 200 acts have been pitching up in 20 high profile settings across London and this year four Bromley teenagers have been selected to compete.

One of them is 16-year-old Victoria Man, who is taking part for the second year running.

She said: “It’s been really good. I’ve done a lot more gigs than I did last year. It’s quite a journey but it’s always worth it.

“Last year I did three and every single one I was really nervous, and I ended up crying before one of them.

“This year I’ve definitely gone into it a lot more creatively and it’s always been enjoyable to go there.”

The talented teenager has been playing guitar for around three years after she started teaching herself.

The competition has allowed her to perform at a number of locations around London including Paddington Station and she plays an eclectic mixture of sounds.

“I like most music, any music with a good tune.

“I do pop sort of things and some old songs as well.

“I just play anything I like really,” she said.

Victoria has been having a great time performing, but has not considered what would happen if she won.

“I haven’t really even thought about winning. I sort of do it for the enjoyment.

“There are so many amazing people in the competition, people who go before me and after me.

“I don’t think winning ever really crossed my mind!”

She is also interested in Media which she is hoping to study in the future and is not sure what the future holds in terms of a musical career.

“I think enjoyment is probably a big part of it. Obviously if I can get somewhere I would really, really love to.

“I don’t want to find myself having to do it rather than enjoying it.”

The other Bromley musicians who were selected are Jessica Imogen, 15, James Whyte, 15, and Benjamin Goffin, 14.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Busking is a familiar and much loved part of city life, particularly in London and our Gigs competition is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to shine in front of the public. Over the years Gigs has provided a platform for some great musicians wanting to carve a career in the music industry. We’re calling on the public to keep an eye out for our latest line up of talent, show their appreciation and, most importantly, get voting! We might have a budding Ed Sheeran or Ellie Goulding in our midst.”

People have until August 31 to vote for their favourite artist in each category - soloists and duos, youths and groups - culminating in a grand final at Westfield Stratford City on September 7.

The 18 finalists will perform in front of a panel of industry judges, with one act being crowned Gigs Champion 2014.

To view videos of the performances, find out more about the competition or place a vote please visit gigsbigbusk.com/vote

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