The Bandstand Busking blog

For the latest news from the Bandstand Busking team.

Peggy Sue at Meltdown

Our friends Peggy Sue treated us to another Bandstand Busk, this time at Meltdown Festival. Lucky us. We were so thrilled to be invited back to Meltdown festival, and couldn’t have been happier with the wonderful bands that played.

We love Peggys! They have a new record out September 12th and it is super duper.

July 31st Busk

[above: Sea of Bees]


We’re super excited to bring you a busk this Sunday, July 31st, at Northampton Square. The lineup is as follows:

2pm – Veronica Falls
3pm – Sea of Bees
4pm – Peggy Sue

It’s a corker! It’s free as ever and will undoubtedly be lovely. I can’t think of a classier way to spend this coming Sunday.

Also, the reason we keep inviting Peggy Sue back is because we love them LOTS.

Let us know if you’re coming.

Photos from Arnold Circus

Some photos of Copy Haho/The Leisure Society/Jesca Hoop from last weekend at Arnold Circus –

Watch out for the next busk! Details soon.

Arnold Circus Busk – July 10th

Hi everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed Meltdown as much as we did! But, there’s no stopping there…

Upcoming busk

This Sunday at Arnold Circus bandstand we’re back with another free busk.

Bandstand Busking
Sunday July 10th, 2pm-5pm

2pm – Copy Haho
3pm – The Leisure Society
3.45 – Jesca Hoop

Make sure you let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page.

Map to Arnold Circus:

New videos up

We’ve put a few more videos up of the busks we’ve done recently. Check out Thousands and Ra Ra Riot. We’ve got many more to come too.

See you on Sunday!

Team BB

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Celebrate + In Your Dreams

Dark Dark Dark
Celebrate + In Your Dreams

Two more videos from our busk with Dark Dark Dark, up here and now below. See all the videos from that busk here.

Meltdown 2011


Hi everyone,

We are so excited to be a part of Meltdown festival at the Southbank Center once again. We’ve confirmed Peggy Sue, She Keeps Bees and Woodpigeon – who join headliners Guillemots on our free stage. Join us next Saturday the 18th 1-5pm for free sets from some of the best bands in town.

The Bandstand Busking freestage at Ray Davies’ Meltdown Festival (Southbank Center)
Saturday June 18th, 1pm-5pm
Guillemots – 4.15pm
She Keeps Bees  – 3.15pm
Peggy Sue  – 2.30pm
Woodpigeon – 1.45pm
Sam De La Haye (chosen by Ray Davies) – 1pm

Be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter for updates, and let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

That’s all. See you next Saturday!

Team BB


– Thousands at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Bandstand –

Kristian and Luke, aka Thousands, braved the wind and rain to perform a few songs in a central London bandstand for us and a few intrepid weather-nonchalant fans. Woohoo!

Some photos below:

Videos soon.

In the meantime –

Thousands on: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Bella Union

Us on: Twitter | Facebook

She Keeps Bees at Meltdown Festival

– She Keeps Bees at Meltdown Festival –

We couldn’t be happier to welcome the wonderful She Keeps Bees to our stage at Ray Davies’ Meltdown Festival on June 18th. They join Guillemots and more TBC. More information on that here.

This appearance will be absolutely free and your first chance to catch the band before they play Dalston Roof Park on the 26th and their album launch show on July 21st at The Borderline.


Bandstand Busking at Meltdown 2011

Saturday 18 June

The Meltdown Bandstand Busking Stage

Southbank Centre is delighted to welcome back Bandstand Busking to Meltdown for the second year running, to present a packed bill of top names. This year’s headliners are the extremely talented Guillemots, with more exciting acts to be announced: this free event is certainly not one to miss.

Since founding in 2008, Bandstand Busking have been bringing bands from all over the world to play in London’s parks, filming a few songs and posting them online for all to see. Past artists have included Wild Beasts and Micachu, Black Lips and Vivian Girls, Caitlin Rose and Emmy The Great , amongst many others. All past performances are available to view on the Bandstand Busking website including a selection from last year’s Meltdown festival. Follow Bandstand Busking  on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with announcements about this event.

The Bandstand, Southbank Centre Square, 1 – 5pm

Admission free

Let us know you’re coming!!!

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