Free unplugged gigs in park bandstands around London.
Sky Larkin + Diane Cluck + Tom Brosseau
Noon, Sunday 13th April
We've had almost 100 busks on bandstands around London - come along and watch the next one.
Leeds trio Sky Larkin played a lovely set of songs for Bandstand Busking back in 2011 – watch them here - and so we’re delighted to […]
Photograph by Rebecca Cresta
People said you can’t have a Bandstand Busk at this time of year… ‘YOU’RE DREAMERS GUYS’ they said, well Tasseomancy came and played a beautiful […]
I don’t think we’ve ever counted how many bands we’ve had come along to do a busk, but hands down Ichi was the most wonderfully […]
Remember sunny days gone by… Luke Sital-Singh performed a few tracks under Northampton Square bandstand this past September, watch ‘Honest Man’, ‘Bottled Up Tight’ and […]
Welcome to the birdhouse, with Woodpecker Wooliams! We were delighted to have the Brightonian perform with an impressive array of pedals and machines in Northampton […]
The Mariner’s Children performed ‘Sycamore’, ‘Blood’ and ’Wolves Within The Woods for a crowd at Northampton Square Bandstand in Islington on a fading summer’s afternoon. Beautiful. […]
We were utterly delighted to have of Montreal back for a low key last minute busk in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Despite only announcing mere hours […]
Sea of Bees joined us to perform a few of the songs from the new album – Orangefarben. A delight to match the sunny busk […]
What’s better than a busk with Here We Go Magic? That’s right, a busk with Here We Go Magic and a husky dog. Have you […]
Simone Felice and his lovely cohorts treated us to some tunes on a showery April afternoon. The rain managed to hold out until we finished. […]
Hark back to sunnier times, with Veronica Falls performing at Northampton Square bandstand this summer. They released their debut LP on Bella Union this year […]
New Yorkers Forest Fire swung by Arnold Circus bandstand in early December to play us a few jams from their latest record. Have a watch […]
We were absolutely delighted to have our old favourites The Lampshades (formerly Lulu And The … ) return to do another busk for us. It […]
Power! With some fluke luck we finally figured out how to turn the power on at Northampton Square bandstand, and lucky for us it meant […]
On Halloween weekend Big Deal treated us to an autumnal set in Northampton Square bandstand. You can see the dark was looming even in the […]
We really love Peggy Sue. If they were a type of food, they’d be a juicy hamburger on a podium surrounded by classy felines. Or […]
Jules and Amber, aka Sea Of Bees, treated us to their last UK performance in a incredibly triumphant year of touring in support of debut […]
The wonderful Jesca Hoop performed a couple of songs for us under Arnold Circus bandstand this summer… have a peek below.
On what had to be one of the few days you could truly classify as nice ‘summer’ weather, Copy Haho’s Joe Hearty performed some songs […]
Lovely Canadian Mr Mark Hamilton so kindly agreed to play our stage at Ray Davies’ Meltdown Festival 2011, in the main hall of the Southbank […]
What a delight to have The Leisure Society perform a few songs for a crowded audience at Arnold Circus bandstand this summer. They have a […]
Anyone who has ever seen She Keeps Bees will know it’s impossible to not love what they do. Charming, sweet, funny and brilliant performers, it […]
Guillemots performed a few songs this summer at Meltdown Festival 2011. Their set included new songs as well as golden oldies such as Made Up […]
Our friends Peggy Sue treated us to another Bandstand Busk, this time at Meltdown Festival. Lucky us. We love Peggys! They have a new record […]
You’d never know it was summer! A few weeks a go on a day off from their Tune Yards support tour, Thousands treated us to […]
These troopers were jet lagged and tired, but even so, Ra Ra Riot gave us a few brilliant songs on an arty bandstand at 5pm […]
- Dark Dark Dark at Hampstead Heath Bandstand - Dark Dark Dark treated us to our first busk of 2011 on a blustery Sunday afternoon […]
Watch Anvil, Nuclear Skies and Forget The Past by The Irrepressibles on Victoria Park bandstand.
Watch Day and Night, Nice People, Breaking Walls and You Tell Me by Chief on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Gorilla Man, Sinful Wishing Well, New York, Spare Me and Learning To Ride by Caitlin Rose on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch Poke, The Twist, Footshooter, Swim Until You Can’t See Land and Modern Leper by Frightened Rabbit at Arnold Circus bandstand. […]
Watch When I’m Gone, The Other Girls and Tell The World by Vivian Girls at Arnold Circus bandstand.
The Hundred In The Hands performed at Arnold Circus. Watch Sleepwalker, Tom Tom and Pigeons.
Sky Larkin at Arnold Circus was a another great busk with a good crowd. Watch Matador, Landlocked, Still Windmills and Fossil,I. […]
Watch Brown Trout Blues and Churlish May by Johnny Flynn at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown Festival.
Watch Get Up And Go, Over Soon and Run by Broadcast 2000 at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown Festival.
Watch Hackney Marsh, Because We’re Dead and I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream by Slow Club at the Royal Festival Hall as part of […]
Watch Hands and Invisible Boy by John Smith at The Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown Festival.
Watch Kate Tempest at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown Festival.
Watch Now Is The Needed Time, Estella, Big Lake and Rings End by Oh Ruin at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown Festival. […]
Watch Wild Bill Jones, Sign Of The Judgement, Saro and Way Go Lily by Sam Amidon in the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown […]
Watch Giddy And Maudlin, Landfill and Crocodiles by The Tailors on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Sea To Land by Forest City Lovers, If I Were A Tree and Tell Me, Cancer on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Treading Water, Make A Little Room and Arsonist by Al Lewis and Sarah Howells on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch So I’ve Been Told, Do As I Say, Not As I Do, I’ve Become Misguided, Church Of No Religion and Killed By The Morning […]
Watch Me And James Dean, Zombie Holocaust, Ballad Of A Stolen Bicycle and Someone Told Me A Poem by Tristram on Victoria Park bandstand. […]
Watch Since K Got Over Me, I Wonder Who We Are, Somebody Changed and Bonfires On The Heath by The Clientele on Victoria Park bandstand. […]
Watch Any Direction, She Needs Me, Livewire and Faster Than The Setting Sun by Fyfe Dangerfield on Victoria Park bandstand.
Watch And She Would Darken The Memory, Made To Disappear, The Room and Cold Days From The Birdhouse by Twilight Sad on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch Showers In Summer, Learning Curves, Planning My Escape and The Next Village by Sleeping States on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Golden One, My Name Will Be A Myth, Anything At All and Backwards Invention by Player Piano on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch Fools Gold, Skeleton Apples, John Locke and Eye Contact by Lofty Heights on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Half Moon Street, Codeine and Off The Beaten Track by Tap Tap on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Damien, The Wreck Is Not A Boat, Indigo and Inside Olympia by Sons Of Noel And Adrian on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch Yo Mama, Milk And Blood, Once We Were Strangers and The Sea, The Sea by Peggy Sue on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch New York Rain, It’s About Time You Leave, Is It All Worth It and Rose Is In The Yard by Treetop Flyers on Arnold […]
Watch Guts, Curly Teeth, Turn Me Well and Lips by Micachu And The Shapes on Arnold Circus bandstand.
Watch Why Are You Not Here?, Staying True, The Weight Of My Love and Perfect Louse by David Thomas Broughton on Arnold Circus bandstand. […]
First Aid Kit brought their sisterly tones to Arnold Circus to beautiful effect.
Watch Cups, Something New, Feet To The Sky and National Express by Lulu And The Lampshades on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch All Of The Fun, None Of The Fair, When The Journey’s Better Than The Destination, Bitch and Free Afternoon by The Mules on Northampton […]
Watch Too Fake, Work and 4 Holy Photos by Hockey on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Break Bones, Centre Of Your Universe, Happy New Year and Cover the Walls by Internet Forever on Northampton Square bandstand.
Wach Arms On Knees, The Rails, Locksmith and Miss You by Gorgeous Colours on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Jump At The Cats, Coast On By, Rims and Camels Swapped For Wives and by King Creosote on Hyde Park bandstand. […]
Watch Oberkampf, Lay All Your Love On Me and As The Ship Went Down You’ve Never Looked Finer by Woodpigeon on Hampstead Heath bandstand. […]
Watch Private Idaho, Day Before I Die, Bye Bye Bird and My Lips Won’t Be Kept Clean by Kill It Kid on Northampton Square Bandstand. […]
Fanfarlo graced Northampton Square bandstand in one of our only mic’d busks.
Watch I Should Have Loved You More, The Boy I Left Behind, Divided and The Biggest Mistake by Theoretical Girl on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Watch All Night Disco Party, Consumer Producer, On Your Side, Why Tell The Truth When It’s Easier To Lie by The Brakes on Arnold Circus […]
Watch When I Go, Because We’re Dead, It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful and Christmas TV by Slow Club on Northampton Square bandstand. […]
Incredible performances of My Heart, There Is No Light and Places by Wildbirds and Peacedrums on Arnold Circus bandstand.
We haven’t had a mini piano on a bandstand before, but Hauschka performed Freibad, Untitled and Eltern on Arnold Circus bandstand.
Watch Big Black Hole, Ali In The Jungle and Come On by The Hours on Arnold Circus bandstand.
Alessi played The Dog, The Horse and Over The Hill for Bandstand Busking on Arnold Circus bandstand.
Watch Bow Down And Die, I’ll Be With You and Bad Kids by Black Lips on Arnold Circus bandstand.
In a more unusual busk, Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle performed The Key, Searching and Go Then Bye on Northampton Square bandstand.
Watch Oats We Sow, August Moon and Wild West by Gregory And The Hawk on Northampton Square bandstand.
An unusually acoustic Esser performed Satisfied and We Can Work It Out on Northampton Square bandstand.
Northampton Square saw We Almost Had A Baby, War and First Love by Emmy The Great.
Watch The Last Of The Melting Snow, Save It For Someone Who Cares and Short Weekend by The Leisure Society.
Watch Downcome Home, Y’all Come Back Now, I Really Hope You Get To Retire by Ten Kens.
Arnold Circus saw Harsh Words, I Was Only Going Out and Violent by Loney Dear.
Arnold Circus saw Mr Ant, The Monster Song and I Want That by Psapp.
Northampton Square saw Walk On The Moon, Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight and Gliss by Asobi Seksu.
Watch Cross Stitched Lips, Buried Beneath The Tiles, We Could Use Your Blood by Paul Marshall in Greenwich Park.
Watch Serpentine, Do What’s Easy and Wild Mountain Thyme by Chris Bathgate at Hyde Park bandstand.
Watch Mexico, Dirty Rotten Soul and Heart of Clay by Nat Johnson at Northampton Square
Watch Heaven’s Bell, Heart Like Mine, Laurie’s Gypsy Weave by The Barker Band at Northampton Square.
With pressure from the park wardens Of Montreal brought sat in deck chairs and performed ID Engager, Heidalmsgate Like A Promethean Curse, An Eluardian Instance. […]
The closed Brighton bandstand meant we ended up busking amongst the pleasure beach rides.
Brighton bandstand was closed when we arrived so we took to the windy beach instead – it made for some memorable busks.
Watch David’s Evening On Wheels, Blue Harbour and Blind Drunk by The Wave Pictures at Arnold Circus.
Watch Poke, I Feel Better and Backwards Walk performed by Frightened Rabbit on Hampstead Heath.
Watch Universe Of No Parts, Martha Ann, Come Up by David Karsten Daniels at Lincoln’s Inn Field.
Watch Coast, I Am Leaving and Bridges by Laura Groves at Victoria Park.
Mercury nominated Wild Beasts gave us an acoustic blast of The Old Dog, Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye and Brave Bulging Boutant Clairvoyants at Northampton Square. […]
Wet Paint performed Save The Whale, Melon’s Teeth and Hug It Out at Arnold Circus.
Our first ever busk saw Stars of Sunday League perform some of his soft scottish gems.