Revealed: The ukulele busker who went viral for his Dua Lipa serenade (2024)

The Glastonbury ukulele busker who went viral for his 'cringe-worthy' serenade of Dua Lipa also bombarded fellow stars including Stormzy with impromptu performances at the festival.

The musician known as 'Liam C', real name Liam Cowan, claimed he 'blagged' his way into Worthy Farm last weekend without a ticket in a bid to promote his fledgling music career.

Joined by cameraman pal Andreas Tomoiaga, Liam documented his journey from his house to Somerset on his Instagram page which he has flooded with videos of himself performing his songs to both established artists and punters during the three-day bash.

According to festival-goers, the wannabe singer played to 'anyone who would care to listen', many of whom mirrored Dua's unimpressed reaction which went viral.

However rapper Stormzy gave a far more sympathetic response moments after he joked 'not you again!' when Liam managed to locate him for the second successive year, after he performed in front of him during the 2023 festival.

The musician known as 'Liam C', real name Liam Cowan bombarded several stars with impromptu performances with his ukulele at Glastonbury

A video of singer Dua Lipa's unimpressed reaction to his tunes went viral after he posted the clip on his social media platform

The busker also serenaded Woody Cook, the son of DJ Fatboy Slim - aka Norman Cook - and Zoe Ball, and singer Hak Baker, plus festival-goers on site and on the train down to the event.

A festival source told MailOnline: 'Liam was literally playing that song to everyone.

'Anybody who cared to listen, he was there with his ukulele.

'Lots of people took it in good grace and admired his positive attitude but there was also a hefty percentage of festival-goers who found him quite irritating'.

After he claimed to have evaded security to enter the site, Liam told his followers how he wore wristbands from last year's festival to avoid further checks.

The busker was so desperate to attend festivals and promote his music he set up an online Crowdfunding page in which he claims to have attended over 13 since June and 'travelled well over 3,000 miles'.

His Facebook page states he grew up in Colchester, Essex, before moving to Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Liam, who has 60,000 followers on Instagram, attended the Isle of White Festival in June where he actually performed on stage.

Stormzy gave a far more sympathetic response to Liam's approach joking after 'not you again!

Among the several stars he serenaded at Worthy Farm included Stormzy, DJ Fatboy Slim - aka Norman Cook - and Zoe Ball , and singer Hak Bake (pictured: Liam with Ed Sheeran)

According to festival-goers, the wannabe singer played to 'anyone who would care to listen'

The aspiring musician said he evaded security, entering the site using a wristband from last year to avoid further checks

The busker was so desperate to attend festivals and promote his music he set up an online Crowdfunding page claiming to have attended 13 since June

But he's most known for performing to random people on the street, as well as bidding to impress celebrities with his tunes.

During his first trip to Glastonbury last year, he performed to not only Stormzy, but ex-footballers Peter Crouch and Jamie Carragher, singer Tom Grennan, rapper Aitch and former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

Before his trip to the Isle of White, he managed to perform to both Strictly winner Stacey Dooley and Inbetweeners star James Buckley outside the stage door of their London theatre show 2:22.

And in May last year, he sang to Eighties crooner Rick Astley and rapper Professor Green at Kendal Calling and Girls Aloud duo Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts at Mighty Hoopla the following month.

But it was his serenation of Friday night headliner Dua at this festival which really put Liam on the map courtesy of her awkward reaction which went viral.

Speaking to her behind the Pyramid Stage, Liam asked the superstar: 'I saw your Camden documentary and I thought it was amazing.

'Right now I am busking around Camden and I wanted to play you 30 seconds of my song and if you like it, I just want to get your reaction and that's it.'

At 30 seconds Dua politely tells Liam 'I love it mate, so good, so good,' while walking away as he continues to sing.

The avid ukulele player was raised in Colchester, Essex, before moving to Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The music hopeful has become well-renowned for singing to random people in the street - especially celebrities

At his Glastonbury set in 2023, he managed to sing a tune for Stormzy, but ex-footballers Peter Crouch and Jamie Carragher, singer Tom Grennan, rapper Aitch

Last year he managed to to get an audience with Spandau Ballet's Rick Astley, rapper Professor Green as well as Girls Aloud duo Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts at various festivals

Her unimpressed reaction has gone viral with one tweeting: 'That video of the lad singing to Dua Lipa at Glastonbury has given me third degree cringe.

Another shared a screenshot of Dua's unimpressed face as they quipped: 'Every woman on earth can identify with Dua Lipa waiting for the guy to stop playing guitar.'

'If you look closely you can actually pinpoint the exact moment her heart breaks in two'; 'She thought it would be like a chorus but he kept going lmao'; 'Dua hun, blink twice if you need help'; 'That Dua Lipa video nearly made me fold within myself like a camping chair.'

Others though defended Liam with one musing: 'IDK man, if playing a sh***y song and looking like an idiot gets you a hug from Dua Lipa then I'm going to buy a ukulele.'

Liam has since poked fun at himself having become a viral star, re-posting a meme mocking his interaction with Dua in support of the Labour Party's election campaign.

Revealed: The ukulele busker who went viral for his Dua Lipa serenade (2024)
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