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 bemusing. A complete joy to behold, watch Ichi performing three of his completely original jams below.
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 ‘Fail For You’ below. For more from Luke, visit his dotcom.
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 Square bandstand, three cuts from the busk below – ‘Sparrow’, ‘Crow’ and ‘Dove’. Woodpecker Wooliams website.
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. The Mariner’s Children on Facebook. @bandstandbusks
Sea of Bees joined us to perform a few of the songs from the new album – Orangefarben. A delight to match the sunny busk last summer.
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 ever met anyone who does not like a husky dog? Don’t trust ‘em! Watch below for some HWGM action: Alone But Moving How Do I Know Make up [...]
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 before the main event, an eager crowd gathered nonetheless and listened to Kevin Barnes & co perform his ever weird pop songs. Brilliant. Watch the busk below:
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. Thanks, rain. Watch Simone’s magic below:
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 and here they are with a coupla songs from it….
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 and listen below:
We were absolutely delighted to have our old favourites The Lampshades (formerly Lulu And The … ) return to do another busk for us. It was pretty chilly under Arnold Circus, but the drizzle held off until just after we finished. It was a great treat – see for yourselves:
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 we could watch The Deer Tracks perform us some dreamy songs. Wonderful.
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 early afternoon, as the year winds to a close… watch a few videos from the busk below:
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 something. Here are a few videos from the summer:
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 record ‘Song For The Ravens’, released this year in the UK by Heavenly Records. The duo had the 300 strong audience listening attentively, and they undoubtedly walked away with some [...]
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 for us under Arnold Circus Bandstand. We filmed a couple:
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 Center. The audience listened with a hush reverence and you can too… here are two videos from his set:
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 new record released this year, and have been receiving glowing critical reviews as well as plenty of fan love, see why for yourselves:
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 was an absolute delight to have them play our stage at Meltdown Festival 2011. Here are a few videos from their set:
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 Love Song. Have a watch below.
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 out September 12th and it is super duper.
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 a performance of a few songs under Lincoln’s Inn Fields bandstand in rainy central London. The Sound Of Everything is out now on Bella Union.
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 on a weekday. Watch them perform Boy and St Peter’s Day Festival for us round the back of the Southbank Center.
- Dark Dark Dark at Hampstead Heath Bandstand – Dark Dark Dark treated us to our first busk of 2011 on a blustery Sunday afternoon on Hampstead Heath. Above is a unique (sans-keyboard) performance of ‘Daydreaming’, from the band’s wonderful album ‘Wild Go’. Playing as a four piece; Marshall, Nona, Brett and Walt treated us [...]
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 Meltdown Festival.
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 Festival.
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 Sun by Ed Harcourt on Northampton Square bandstand.
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 Circus bandstand.
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 Square bandstand.
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 bandstand.
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.