Dungannon’s Day of Music on Saturday past delivered just that with the return of the Battle of the Buskers competition followed by the Pop in the Park free open air concert bringing crowds to the town!
The day kicked off with the Battle of the Buskers competition which saw a real mixture of styles and cultures of music being performed.
Dungannon native and last year’s winner of the ‘Spirit of Battle of the Buskers’, Darryl Quinn took the top prize and ‘Best Busker’ title at Saturday’s ‘Battle of the Buskers’.
He was among 22 buskers who made the streets their stage on Saturday during the town’s second busking event, which was organised by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with Dungannon Regeneration Partnership and Dungannon Traders Association
Yegor Isachenka was named runner-up, and 13 year old Hugo Boitel-Gill held onto his title as Best Young Performer and Dave Mullan was awarded the ‘Spirit of Battle of the Buskers’.
Judges on the day were Irish TV star Malachi Cush, Raymond Stewart of Stewart’s Music Shop, and Andrew Boyd, Music Teacher at Dungannon Royal School.
Shoppers were also treated to performances from Cool FM Favourite Callum Stewart and Country superstar Lisa McHugh!
There was a great buzz around the town centre with children enjoying face painting, balloon modelling and caricaturing.
Railway Park was then the place to be for the Pop in the Park concert compered by Michael Glackin and headlined by renowned Irish Folk giants Bagatelle.
The fantastic evening of music also included performances from Abba-Esque, Callum Stewart, Chelsea Chambers and not forgetting busking champion Darryl Quinn.
With lots of family fun happening alongside the concert, there certainly was something to suit all ages.
Speaking about the day, Chair of the Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson said, “I am delighted to be involved in this magnificent Day of Music in Dungannon bringing together two superb free events catering for all music tastes. Meeting the buskers was a real pleasure and while we had to have winners, all of them had unique styles, and showed great flair and musical ability. They interacted well with the shoppers and visitors all afternoon, and brought a real buzz to the town centre.
“To then make my way to Railway Park and see the hive of activity there also was just fantastic and with performers like Bagatelle, Abba-Esque and Chelsea Chambers on the line-up it’s no surprise! The day was a real success, and one I hope we’ll be able to build on in years to come.”