Big Busk to take over Shrewsbury Town Fan Zone for Scunthorpe game

Free street music festival The Big Busk will not just be confined to Shrewsbury town centre when it returns on 6 April – the event will also be taking over Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s popular Fan Zone.


Rhythm and Blues band Monkey Sellers will perform on the stage at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in the afternoon of the Busk, before Shrewsbury Town take on Scunthorpe United in their League One clash at 3pm.

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Monkey Sellers will perform between 1.45pm – 2.45pm, giving fans attending the game plenty of time to enjoy the music before going to watch the crucial game. Buckets will be available for people wanting to donate to Shrewsbury Ark, The Big Busk’s charity.


The Fan Zone is hosted by Chris Allen, whose band Goodbye Ohio gave a memorable performance of the James song Sit Down at the last Big Busk in 2017.


Chris said: “The Big Busk is a wonderful event for a wonderful cause. I loved being part of the day in 2017 and it is great that we can again do something to support the Busk and Shrewsbury Ark.”


Neil Saunders from Monkey Sellers, who are also hosting one of the gigs for the Big Busk’s Frankwell Takeover in the evening, said: “We are really excited to be part of the Big Busk for its return. Hosting one of the evening shows – at The Wheatsheaf – will be great fun and being able to play at Shrewsbury Town in the afternoon is the icing on the cake.”


Dave Burrows, of The Big Busk organising team and a lifelong Shrewsbury Town fan, said: “Shrewsbury Town have always been great supporters of the Busk and we want to thank them again for their support.


“They have allowed us to perform there before, but the Fan Zone is relatively new and it will give us a great opportunity to raise a bit of money and let people know that the event is going on into the evening, so they’ll have somewhere to go after the game when, hopefully, they’ll be celebrating a Shrewsbury victory.”


The Big Busk is returning after taking a year out in 2018. The Busk was first held in 2013 in memory of talented musician, poet and artist Ben Bebbington, who died after an unprovoked attack by two men in September 2012. This year’s event will take place on what would have been Ben’s 50th birthday.


The last Big Busk, in 2017, raised more than £8,500 for Shrewsbury Ark, a centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Shrewsbury, which meant a great deal to Ben.


Organisers took a break last year to manage some of the challenges which arise from the event getting bigger each year. The small core organising team also had many personal milestones, including a wedding, new babies, house moves and new jobs.