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18th October 2019
Buskers wanted for Harrogate Christmas Market

Amateur solo artists and small ensembles are invited to apply for a “busking” slot at this year's Harrogate Christmas Market in the Montpellier Quarter from Thursday 14th November to Sunday 17th November 2019.

Talented musicians and singers have been performing live at the event since 2012, entertaining visitors with seasonal sounds whilst at the same time collecting donations – either for a local charity or to support their artistic development and instrument fund.

Last year, an estimated 80,000 people came to Harrogate Christmas Market and enjoyed listening to a range of talent to suit all tastes. From Steel and Rock bands to a Ukulele Ensemble plus individual instrumentalists playing saxophone, trombone, violin and acoustic guitar, there was something for everyone. Added to this, amazing vocalists including an acapella male choir, a classical soloist and the Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society hugely added to the festive fun. Many are returning to play again this year, but there are still some slots available during Thursday and Friday daytime.

Marian Farrar of St Aidan’s High School, who is organising the busking schedule, said: “It’s a great way for singers or instrumentalists to share their talents and introduce their music to both a local audience and our thousands of visitors, whilst also creating a wonderful seasonal atmosphere within the Market area. 

“Soloists or ensembles can apply for one or several, hour long time slots and they will be able to collect donations from visitors during their performance if they wish.  This year their music will be amplified across the whole market and musicians will also be offered a voucher for a FREE hot drink from a nearby tea & coffee stall!”

Now in its eighth year, Harrogate Christmas Market is proving more popular than ever with both traders and visitors. The 200 spaces for traders have sold out and interest in the four-day event is at its highest yet, with many coach operators set to bring visitors to the Market from across the UK.

Any musicians interested in performing on either the Thursday or Friday of Harrogate Christmas Market 2019 should email Marian Farrar at

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Notes to Editors:

Harrogate Christmas Market first took place in 2012, run on a not-for-profit basis with any surplus being contributed towards similar organisations and events supporting the local economy and tourism industry. 

The Market is held around St Mary’s Walk North at the bottom of Montpellier Hill, HG1 2RZ from Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18.  Opening hours are different this year, from 10am until 7pm on Thursday and Friday and from 9.30am until 8.30 pm on Saturday; 9.30am until 5.30pm on Sunday.


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Harrogate Christmas Market Ltd
PO Box 888, Harrogate, HG2 8UH   Tel: 01423 879208
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