The Bandstand Busking blog

For the latest news from the Bandstand Busking team.

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

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 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

Next busk: Young Fathers – Sat July 12th 1.30pm

Saturday 12th July at 1.30pm we have the incredible Young Fathers performing at our home bandstand Northampton Square in Islington.

The Twilight Sad + Patch & The Giant, 22 June


Two of our favourite bands are popping down to Northampton Square bandstand tomorrow at 5.30pm to play us some sweet tunes.

Listen to The Twilight Sad

Listen to Patch & the Giant

Pack some snacks, come along, we’ll see you there.


Next busk: Sky Larkin + Diane Cluck + Tom Brosseau // 13 April, Arnold Circus, 12pm // FREE

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 welcome them back to Arnold Circus on their return to the road in 2014. Following the release of the third album ‘Motto’ last autumn and a run of celebratory dates, the band will play a run of UK shows in April as well a European tour later in the Spring.

We’re so happy to welcome Virginia-based songwriter Diane Cluck who describes her music as ‘intuitive folk’. Diane was a part of the New York anti-folk scene and played with artists like Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson and Devendra Banhart. She is in London for a residency at Cafe Oto in Dalston. Her latest album ‘Boneset’ was released on 4 March this year.

Another happy addition to the bill, brilliant North Dakotan folk singer and storyteller Tom Brosseau will stop by to play some songs for us too. Here he is playing Been True for Bandstand Busking back in 2009. And our Padraic interviewed him too! Tom’s jetting round the UK this week on his Grass Punks album release tour.

See you at Arnold Circus bandstand on Sunday!

Note: Matthew & the Atlas have had to pull out of this month’s busk, but don’t despair because they’ll be back later in the year.

Saturday: Dan Croll and Nick Edward Harris, 1pm, Northampton Square

Dan croll

Hello music lovers!

We’re delighted to announce the first busk of the 2014. We’re welcoming two brilliant artists, Dan Croll and Nick Edward Harris, to Northampton Square Bandstand in Clerkenwell this Saturday 15 March at 1pm.

Find Northampton Square here:

See you on Saturday!

Team Bandstand Busking

Bandstand Busking on The Guardian

There is a fantastic audio/visual documentary on The Guardian about Bandstand Busking.

Check it out here!

Thanks very much to Viv, Martin and Jim for creating a lovely feature.

NEW BUSK : Sunday December 4th

BANDSTAND BUSKING presents A December Hullabalooooooo
4th December 2011 at Arnold Circus Bandstand, E2

I know we said we weren’t doing any more this year but well, we were wrong. The chance to do one final busk of 2011 with two very wonderful bands came up and we couldn’t say no.

Forest Fire – 1.30pm ::
The Lampshades – 2.15pm ::

Wrap up warm and cosy. Hope to see you there!

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook and holla at our twitter @bandstandbusks.

Bandstand Busking is seeking an enthusiastic filmmaker to join our team.
For more information contact: [email protected].

Big Deal, Deer Tracks, Eve of All Hallows’ Eve


This Sunday October 30th, the eve of All Hallows Eve’, we’re excited to have two bands come to play at Northampton Square Bandstand.

3.00pm – The Deer Tracks
3.30pm – Big Deal

Bring a coat and a pumpkin, we hope to see you there. Free, as ever!

Guillemots at Meltdown

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.

Busk list

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