A WINCHESTER busker is filming her outdoor shows for the social media platform TikTok so isolating audiences "can be there without being there".

Emelie Hallett, who has been busking since September 2020, said street music "brings everybody together" and that sharing her performances to TikTok has helped her to reach a wider audience.

Following a trend that has spread across the UK, the 19-year-old uses the hashtag #BuskTok on her videos.

"Everybody loves listening to music in the street ... it brings everybody together," she said.

"For a lot of people who can't come out and see you in the street, TikTok is a nice way to see that in person. It's like you can be there without being there."

The hashtag #BuskTok has been used on videos with a combined total of more than 320 million views.

Ms Hallett started performing in her bedroom, taking her music to the streets once lockdown relaxed.

She added: "A lot of people will walk past and shout 'I saw your TikTok!'. I've busked with so many people since having TikTok – it's just incredible the amount of people you meet or just even speak to.

"Everybody is so kind, we're always supporting each other because we've seen each other's videos."

Ms Hallett said she will continue to both busk in person and post her performances to TikTok as Covid restrictions ease.

"I feel like the streets are going to be a lot more packed, which means a lot more people will hear me," she said.

"I'm actually really excited to meet new people as well. I think it (busking) is one of the best decisions I ever made, it's just been such a nice way to meet new people, and build my confidence as well.

"It's an amazing way to get yourself out there."

One busker, 23-year-old Liv Harland from York, landed a record deal after posting her busking journey on the social media site.