Hopes for good weather at busking festival

The 12th Bailgate Busking Festival will return to Lincoln on Saturday, July 14.

Performers are preparing to play half-hour sets at four locations in and around the Cathedral and Castle areas, between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

The locations being used this year include St Mary Magalene Church, although –
like last year – there is a wedding on that day and the church is out of action for buskers between the hours of 12.30pm and 3pm.

Organiser of the Lincoln BIG-backed festival, Steve Jackson, said: “Despite the planning that goes on, there is no control over the weather.

“Rain is like kryptonite for buskers and it’s difficult to have a plan B for what is an open air event.

“The way the weather is behaving at the moment, it’s difficult to predict what it will be, but I’ve put a request in for sunshine.”

Names to look out for include the Medieval music group Chevrette, folk meets jazz duo Colin Holland and Gerry Wiswould, The Coffee Bar Cowboys with their washboards and guitars and young country punk-influenced band That’s Not Me.

Others are Anne Irving and Whisperin’ Tom Lane, Grimsby singer-songwriter
Rob Bywater, the “lady with the voice” Andrea Ferguson, Newark-based Marcus, Didgeridoo man Greg Chapman, Indie rock from the Black Dolphins and folk influenced material from Pheasants and their Enemies (pictured top).