2017 – a new direction

Since we launched in 2008, we’ve filled the empty bandstands found in parks across London with some of our favourite musical artists. Many of them have gone on to release great albums and even gain Mercury Prize nominations. And we all had a blast doing it!

But we admit – it’s been a little quiet around here recently.

So what’s next?

We’re so excited to bring you news of Bandstand Busking for 2017 and beyond.

Great artists

We are determined to keep finding the best talent out there and bringing them into your bandstands.

Better events

Think a bit more organised, a bar, maybe some food – we’re going to keep improving your experience.

Secret locations

From now on you’ll only find out about the location of the busk the night before it takes place.

A donation

In order to find out where the busk is, you’ll need to donate to Child.org.



Why the donation?

Ian and I (Thomas) have funded Bandstand Busking personally for 7 years now – with incredible support from a huge team of people volunteering their time and effort too. We’re all ok doing that because we love it, but we also feel that what we’ve created and what it offers is of value: three incredible artists, in intimate acoustic gigs, on your doorstep. We aren’t doing it to make money though, so we’ve teamed up with an organisation we believe in and are asking that you donate to them to find out where the busk is.


I’m in, how do I get my ticket?

We’re asking people to donate just £5 to Child.org for the details of this busk. That’s all we ask for three great acts.

So subscribe to the email, make your donation, bring some good friends and get yourself a beer from our brand new bar – we can’t wait to see you at Bandstand Busking 2017.


thanks and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Ian, Padraic and Thomas, Bandstand Busking founders

Dan Croll



Dan played acoustically for Bandstand Busking at Northampton Square bandstand.


Watch all our videos on our Bandstand Busking YouTube channel:

Watch our Dan Croll Busks playlist

Photograph by Rebecca Cresta

Young Fathers

Northampton Square – 12th July 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXfuNXABVYE&list=PLClZRNxShY3DH8-YY8UkYrpjKLf1xiGJv&index=3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxpR6AOvOR4&list=PLClZRNxShY3DH8-YY8UkYrpjKLf1xiGJv&index=2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sADmjnrOxLI&index=1&list=PLClZRNxShY3DH8-YY8UkYrpjKLf1xiGJv

Watch the Young Fathers playlist here.

Patch & The Giant

Patch & The Giant live and acoustic at Northampton Square Bandstand


Watch all our videos on our Bandstand Busking YouTube channel:

Watch our Patch & The Giant Busks playlist

Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule play acoustic versions of The Opposite Muse, Make it Alright and Hannah for Bandstand Busking in the sunshine of Northampton Square bandstand, London.


Watch all our videos on our Bandstand Busking YouTube channel:

Watch our Devon Sproule Busks playlist

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad performing live and acoustic at Northampton Square in Islington, London for Bandstand Busking.


Watch all our videos on our Bandstand Busking YouTube channel:

Watch our The Twilight Sad Busks playlist