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Busking back home.

THE Manic Street Preachers are a band used to selling out stadia across the globe.

But it was in the relatively small St David's Hall in Cardiff that they played the Wales arm of their Homecoming tour.

Although they wanted a venue which could add a closeness to the audience, it was chosen by the band as they used to busk outside there before they were signed to a major record label.

Busker Chris Ridgeway, who lives in Cardiff, was playing to the fans as they lolled on the steps of the venue prior to the band's performance.

``I suppose some people busk for money and some busk in the hope of getting spotted,'' he said.

``I do it to play my own songs and to make some cash. I have no idea how much the Manics were making when they were busking here in the 1980s but I can sometimes make about pounds 20 an hour.''
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 19, 2002
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