Musicians must pass audition for French metro

Visitors take time out to listen to the Orchestre Bastille on the Métro

Forget The X Factor... In Paris, musicians have to pass an audition to busk in the métro and it can help them find that big break, reports Jane Hanks

Music echoing along the corridors as commuters hurry for their train is all part of the experience of catching the metro in any big city.

In Paris, however, busking in the Métro can be a genuine stepping-stone to fame as artists are carefully selected by the Paris Transport Authority, the RATP, which has links with festivals and record labels.

As the authority’s artistic director, Antoine Naso, points out - the Métro is the biggest stage in Paris, with more than five million passengers a day.

Big names that have started their career there, including singer-songwriter Keziah Jones and the winner of the French version of The Voice, in 2016, Clémént ...

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