Crowds gathered at Melbourne’s City Square on Thursday 7th October to search for “Melbourne’s Best Busker”. The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park in conjunction with the City of Melbourne put together a Street Change event to search for Melbourne’s Best Busker, and raise money for the leading homeless charities of Melbourne: The Lighthouse Foundation & HomeGround Services.
10 of Melbourne’s busking finalists battled it out, playing just ONE song each, hoping to raise the most money in their busking bucket. Amidst the top buskers was Daniel Shaw, a 12-yr-old pianist, the next Billy Joel, and Don Topley, a flutist who designed a one-handed flute to compensate for his nerve-damaged fingers, as well as our very own Jenny Biddle who performed her acoustic blues version of Billie Jean to a moonwalk jiggin’ crowd.
With the help of supportive fans, Jenny Biddle took home the title of “Melbourne’s Best Busker” as crowds went nuts with generosity. The prize included the “Melbourne’s Best Busker” trophy and $1000. Unfortunately Jenny didn’t get to keep the novelty sized cheque! Jenny intends to put the prize money towards the recording of her new album.
Congratulations to Daniel Shaw for scoring the runner up place for his tear-jerking deliverance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
A big thankyou to all the people who donated and voted with their wallets. The support for Jenny Biddle as Melbourne’s Best Busker was awe-inspiring, and overall, Street Change raised more than $3000 for the homeless.
Photos by Raditya Fadilla.