Busker Opportunities

We provide a wide variety of opportunities to buskers each week, ranging from corporate paid gigs in well known venues, to festivals, to grassroots opportunities with a more authentic street performer vibe. Create a performer profile on our website and sign up to our social media @buskinlondon for the full range of opportunities. 

 


Piccadilly Market 

Date: Wed, Thurs or Fri every week, depending on services at St James's Church

Time: 1p.m. - 4p.m. (45 min slots) 

Location: Piccadilly Market at St James’s Church, Piccadilly (in the courtyard) 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

A bustling market and busy church in the heart of the West End. Looking for solos or duos to entertain customers, visitors, workers around the area etc. to animate the space. 

Performers can collect tips and sell their own original material. Own amp preferred, although there is power. ID and Public Liability Insurance required. 

Please send video clips to Costas - marketmanager@sjp.org.uk or call 020 7292 4864 with any questions. 

 


The Spread

Date(s): Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (12-2pm) in White City; Saturdays (12-2pm) in Hampstead; Saturdays (12-2pm) in Primrose Hill.

Location: Hampstead - Hampstead Market, Holly Bush Vale, NW3 6TX

Primrose Hill - Primrose Hill Market, Primrose Hill Road, NW3 3DS

White City - 201 Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7TU

THE SPREAD operate farmers markets and street food markets across London that host award-winning farmers, producers and street food traders.

They are looking to book solo, duo or groups in for performances until the end of 2017.

Performers must be 16+ and self sufficient power wise. 

Fee - White City - £100. Performers can sell their own original material but not accept tips.

Hampstead and Primrose Hill - Performers can sell their own original material and accept tips.

To be considered, please complete the application form here: https://mike1329.typeform.com/to/vzfpZR

 


Well Street Market 

Dates: Every Saturday 

Times: 10a.m. - 4p.m. 3 x 1 hr 30 min slots per day: 11:00-12.30, 12:30-14:00, 14:00-15:30 

Location: Well Street Market, Well Street, London, E9.

Well Street Market is a bustling weekly street market in Hackney, looking for buskers to provide a fun family friendly vibe - solos, duos, groups. All genres welcome. 

Performers can collect tips and sell original material CDs. 

Please being your own battery powered amp. Performers must have Public Liability Insurance and be 18 or over. 

Send video clips of your performance to WellStreet.Market@hackney.gov.uk  cc: Gareth.Potter@hackney.gov.uk 

 


Limehouse Social Market

Dates: last Saturday of every month 

Location: Limehouse Basin, Branch Road. London. E14 7LB

Times: Market hours are 11am - 5pm.  Slot times approx 30 mins (flexible)

Join us in the beautiful Limehouse Basin for Streetfood, Farmers Market, Art and Crafts, Antiques, Live Art, Music and Sunshine! A celebration of ART, FOOD, MUSIC and CONVERSATION. 

Looking for acoustic, bands, duos, anyone is welcome! Easy listening, covers, originals, pop, indie, funk, jazz, folk or spoken word.

Performers can collect tips and sell CDs. There is a small fee available. Food and drink provided. 

Email hello@limehousebasinmarket.com with some video links if you would like to play here. 

 


Buckingham becomes Buskingham

Dates: Any, but preferred on Tuesdays and Saturdays (Market days)

Location: adjacent to Town Council Chamber

Time: daylight hours 

This is a new busking space opened up by the Town Council, who want to welcome buskers. All acts and genres welcome - solo, duo, groups. Adults only unless chaperoned. 

Performers just need to turn up and play. They can collect public donations and sell CDs. 

Public Liability Insurance preferred.

Donations to Mayor’s Charity fund welcomed (contact Town Council: http://www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk/contact-us/)

 


The Artworks Elephant 

Dates: Evening/weekend slots

Location: The Artworks, Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle, London, SE17 1AY 

Times: 6pm - 8pm evenings, 12 - 2 weekends/bank holidays

The Artworks Elephant is a hub for the vibrant and diverse Elephant & Castle community, built from repurposed shipping containers. Food and drink outlets surround an outdoor courtyard.  

Looking for soloists and duos to create a relaxed chilled out vibe. 

Performers can collect tips and sell CDs. Food and drink provided. 

Contact tom@theartworks.london with video links. Performers must have Public Liability Insurance and bring their own battery powered amp. (No power provided.)

 


Elephant Social Market 

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday 

Location: Castle Square, The Artworks, Elephant Road. London. SE17 1AY (on the market square next to The Artworks) 

Times: Market hours 11am - 6pm Slot times approx 30 mins (flexible)

A new weekly market at The Artworks Elephant, launching Friday 7th July. A celebration of food, art, music and conversation.

Looking for acoustic, bands, duos, anyone is welcome! Easy listening, covers, originals, pop, indie, funk, jazz, folk or spoken word.

Performers can collect tips and sell CDs. There is a small fee available. Food and drink provided. 

Email elephantsocial@theartworks.london with video links of your work if interested in playing here. 

 


Lower Marsh Market 

Date: ongoing Monday - Saturday slots 

Location: Lower Marsh market, WeAreWaterloo, SE1 7RG

Time: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm 

Lower Marsh Market in Waterloo is introducing 2 busking spots on Lower Marsh during their street food market. One spot is near the entrance to the Leake Street Graffiti tunnel in our pocket park and the other on Lower Marsh plaza which is outside the Cubana restaurant, bookings are open now.

For more information and booking go to Eventbrite https://applytobuskatlowermarshmarket.eventbrite.co.uk

 


Hard Rock Cafe, London  

Date: every Thursday 

Location: Hard Rock Cafe, 150 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1QY

Time: from 9p.m. 

Following a few great weeks, Hard Rock are continuing to trial an evening with a series of busker slots with the aim to make this a regular long-term addition to their programming. They are looking for 4 buskers each Thursday. 

Payment is £25 (for a 15 minute set) plus dinner and drink. 

Contact Craig on Craig.Nightingale@hardrock.com or 0207 514 9562

 


E17 Village Market 

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 10:30 - 15:30 (peak time from midday) Performance slots 2 hours minimum

Location: 18A Orford Road, E17 9LA

The focus is fun, upbeat and family friendly. Solos, duos and groups can apply. All music genres welcome. Mains power available. 

No fee, but performers can collect tips and sell CDs and merch. Food and drink will be provided. 

To apply send video links and any relevant info to e17villagemarket@gmail.com (Performers must have Public Liability Insurance) 

 


Network Rail circuit 

Network Rail station busking pitch

 


Royal Arsenal Farmers' Market

On the SECOND & LAST Saturdays of every Month a Farmers’ market is held from 10am – 3pm in Royal Arsenal throughout the year.

The market is held inside a space called BUILDING 10, a large concerted military canon carriage factory. It is a popular market with several hundred people attending every time and has great acoustics for a live performance!

As with the past year, we are looking mainly for solo / duo music performers to attend the market and perform live. It was a great success in 2016 so would like to continue into 2017.

The performers are asked to play for 1 hour total, 11:30am – 12:00pm, then 1:00pm to 1:30pm with lunch provided in between.  We are particularly looking for LOCAL musicians.

There is access to a small PA with mic, however we do prefer acoustic performances as much as possible.

There is a small fee offered to performers as well as a tasty meal from the market! We do also permit performers to sell CDs.

If you are interested please contact Peggy on: Rare.Information@berkeleygroup.co.uk

Address:  Building 10, Major Draper Street, Royal Arsenal, Greenwich, London SE19 6GD

FACEBOOK: https://en-gb.facebook.com/RAFarmersMkt/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RAFarmersMkt

WEBSITE:   http://www.rare.london/farmers-market-event

EMAIL:    Rare.Information@berkeleygroup.co.uk

 


Wendell Park Farmers' Market

www.facebook.com/wendellparkmkt/

Every Sunday: The market is on Sundays between 10am - 3pm. (approx 2.5 hours performance during those times.)
Location: Wendell Park Farmers' Market, Cobbold Road, London W12

The market is looking for soloists, duos or small groups. There is a small fee and performers can collect money and sell CDs. 

If you are interested please contact Francesca with a link to your act - francesca@weareccfm.com

 

 


Previous opportunities 

FREE two-hour music business workshop

Delivered by Prof Richard Smith from the University of Southern California in LA at Morley College on Saturday 18 February, this one off event is set to be in high demand.
 
Busk in London has reserved 15 places for our buskers on a first come, first served basis. Follow the booking link below ASAP if you would like to attend:
 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/going-pro-how-to-build-a-21st-century-car... 


Roundhouse Rising Festival

Date: Saturday 18 February
Time: 1300-1700
Location: Roundhouse, Camden (various spaces within the public areas of building)

The event is a celebration of London's music scene and will feature a number of up-and-coming artists and bands. The producers are inviting buskers to apply to be part of the event. Soloist/duos/trios performing any genre of music are welcome (no drum kits). You will need to provide your own equipment and collections can be taken in the usual way.

More info about the event can be found here.

To apply, email your name, link of you performing (video or Soundcloud) and any social media links to risingfestivalproducers@gmail.com


Your East End 

Date: Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March

Location: Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL

Time: Sets between 12-4pm

Your East End family festival is all about how the different cultures and communities of the East End have shaped the London we live in today. It has been developed in partnership with a range of local community groups and organisations to explore the community, art, food and culture of the area. The festival will celebrate the memories of the East End past and the vibrancy and diversity of the area today.

We are looking for upbeat and family friendly performers from East London to entertain our visitors.  Solos, duos and groups of any music genre and any age are welcome to apply. There is a fee of £50 per set. Musicians are unable to collect money at the festival but are welcome to sell merchandise. 

NB. Due to the theme of the festival acts must have a connection to East London (e.g. live/work).

For more information or to apply please contact Aisling Serrant on aserrant@musuemoflondon.org.uk or 02070019858. 


North End Road Market Fest 

Date:  Saturday 29 April 2017

Time: 11am - 4pm

Location: Various locations up and down the North End Road Fulham (between Dawes and Lillie Road junctions) London SW6 

Type of act: Soloists, duos or small groups playing upbeat rock, pop, jazz or reggae type music (self contained if possible although there will be limited access to PA and mics).

After the success of the last event in December 2016 which attracted over 17,000 people, The North End Road Action Group are delighted to announce another traffic free extended market on the North End Road in Fulham, London SW6.  Buskers are invited to be part of this bustling event where they are welcome to collect money from the public and sell CDs/merchandise.

Please contact SJ at sarahjanej@mac.com if interested.

 


Mayhew Animal Home's Street Party 

A busy fundraising event raising money for animals in their care. 

Date: Sunday 21 May 

Time: 11:00 - 16:30 (slot times approx 1 hour) 

Location: Kensal Green, NW10 6BJ

Type of artist: solos, duos and groups welcome of any genre. Upbeat tunes perferred! 

Fee: £100 and performers can sell CDs and merch. They cannot accept tips. 

Mains power available. Marquee on hand in case of bad weather... 

Submit your videos and any relevant info to issy@mayhewanimalhome.org. Performers must be over 18 and hold Public Liability Insurance (PLI) 

 


The Big Picnic Festival

Date: Sunday 18 June 

Time: 12 - 4 p.m. 

Venue: Potters Fields Park next to Tower Bridge

The Big Picnic is taking place on Potters Fields Park & St John’s Churchyard on Sunday 18 June, 12pm – 4pm. It is a Community festival to bring local residents and organisations together over a shared picnic. There will be lots of entertainment, music and food stalls on the day, as well as Spitalfields City Farm. Come join us for a family-friendly fun packed day.

No fee, but performers can collect tips and sell CDs. Food and refreshments provided for performers. 

Solos, duos and groups can apply. 

 


Manor Park Summer Festival 

Date: Saturday 15 July

Location: Manor Park Library, 683 - 695 Romford Road, E12 5AD

Time: 1 - 2p.m. 

This is a free community fete for families.

Looking for a talented musician to play upbeat and lively music in a friendly family setting. Solos, duos or groups are welcome to apply. 

Performer fee - £400 max and performers can sell CDs. Mains power is provided. 

Public Liability Insurance and ID required. 

Email Andrew.Richardson@newham.gov.uk with video links of your act. 

 


Leadenhall Market

Dates: Thursday 10 August; Thursday 24 August 

Location: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street

Times: 5.30 – 7.30p.m.

This modern retail hub within a spectacular Victorian market is looking for soloists, duos or trios to play swing / soft rock. Performers must have Public Liability Insurance. Power is supplied in this undercover market. 

There is a £140 performance fee as collection of tips and selling CDs is not allowed. 

Deadline for applications 6 June. 

 


Opening night at The PIG at Combe Hotel, Honiton, Devon 

www.thepighotel.com/at-combe/

Saturday 9 July: 7 pm - midnight

The hotel is looking for buskers for an acoustic set (blues and slide guitar a bonus!) at the launch night party. 

There is a good fee for this and performers will also be able to collect money and sell CDs in true busking tradition. 

If you are interested please contact - info@buskinlondon.com with a link to your act. 


Smoked and Uncut - 2 day music festival at THE PIG near Bath, Somerset

www.smokedanduncut.com/the-pig-near-bath-music-festival/ 

Saturday 23 July: 12 - 7 pm

Headliners include Busk in London Ambassadors - Hugh Cornwall and Danny Goffey (with his band Vangoffey) 

The festival is looking for musicians (duos or solo artists) to play an acoustic set on an International Busking Day pitch. There is a small fee and performers can collect money and sell CDs in true busking tradition. 

If you are interested please contact - info@buskinlondon.com with a link to your act. 


Eat and Drink Festival at Ideal Home Show 

Date: 24 March - 9 April 

Location: Olympia London

Time: Whole or half days (11am-2.30pm or 2.30pm-5.45pm for half days or 11am-5.45pm for whole day)

The brand new food show is set to have a real street food feel and we are looking for performers (solos, duos or groups) to help make the atmosphere amazing. In return for free performances throughout the day, as well as offering you the chance to showcase your talents, we advertise you on our website (70,00 hits a day) and social media, on show information boards and give you access to up to 250,00 visitors. You would busk at The Great Eat area of the show, a large designated seating area.

Please note this opportunity does not have an assigned fee however performers will be free to collect money from visitors and distribute marketing material/sell CDs during your designated times.

If you are there for the whole day you would receive a £10 lunch voucher and would have scheduled breaks.

For further information, please contact Becky Shields Becky@quantummedialtd.com

 


Busking documentary "Inside the City of Sound" 

Shooting dates: between 21 March and 16 April (soundtrack recording in March and on location filming in April) 

Location: busking locations and Elephant Studio (Elephant & Castle) 

Inside the City of Sound is a documentary telling the story of street musicians around London. The team are final year Digital Film Production students at London South Bank University. 

Seeking 2 street musicians of any variety of instruments for the production of our busking documentary. The production shoot involves coming into our university studio and recording 2 audio tracks per musician + interview voice over + Ensemble final track for end credits. The next stage is 1-2 days filming at the busking location. We have set up an indie gogo campaign to raise funds for producing this documentary. The schedule for shooting dates will be over the course of 21 March to 16 April, but we will let you know once confirmed musicans. 

Contact info - Director of Photography - Michael Brunswick - michaelbrunswick@hotmail.co.uk  Director and Creator - Jean Bravo - jeanc.bravo@hotmail.com

 


Kidbrooke Village Country Fete

Date: Saturday 15 July 

Location: South Cator Park, Cambert Way, Kidbrooke Village, London SE3 9YA - https://goo.gl/maps/GHapaZFurNN2

Time: 12 - 5p.m. 

This is a free event open to the local community which we are expecting between 500 – 600 people to attend throughout the day. There will be a range of free activities on offer including fairground rides, face painting, mini farm, crafts and a bird of prey display. We will also have a selection of delicious street food stalls attending the event, as well as a Young’s bar and other refreshments. 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kidbrookevillage/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/_Kidbrooke

Looking for soloists or duos to play provide family-friendly, easy-listening background music with lots of summery classics and some original tracks too if you wish. We will have a small “bandstand” BUSKING STAGE (2m x 2m) located near the street food / seating area at the event with PA, mics etc. and a sound engineer, and would like to fill the stage with the SOUNDS OF SUMMER!

Performer fee - £150 for a 45 min slot. Performers are welcome to sell CDs but not permitted to collect tips. 

Please email Peggy.Romer@berkeleygroup.co.uk with links of your performance. 

 


Ponders End Pop up Street Market 

Dates: July - 15, 16, 22, 23 

Location: Ponders End Park, Enfield, EN3 4EB 

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

A bustling new pop up street market with a mix of street food, fresh produce and other goods. 

Soloists, duos and bands welcome to apply. All music genres considered. 

£50 fee and performers can collect tips in traditional busking style. There is no power provided. 

Performers must have Public Liability Insurance. All performers under 16 must have a parent/guardian chaperone.

 


Street Eats 

Date: Friday 28 July 

Time: 5p.m. - 9:30p.m. (slots are approx. 30 mins) 

Location: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW

Street Eats is a two-day, free entry street food festival taking place at Old Spitalfields Market. Featuring 24 food and drink traders, the festival is expected to attract a footfall of over 60,000 people. It is London's largest street food festival. 

Solo, duo, groups, any genre welcome. Performer must bring their own amp. 

Performers can collect tips and sell CDs.

Contact info@halalgems.com with your video clips or call 07944239976 with any queries. 


Great British Beer Festival 

Dates: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Times: 1hr between 12 and 6pm; 2hrs between 6 and 10pm (very flexible)

Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Britain's biggest beer festival, featuring british and international beers, street food, and entertainment. https://www.gbbf.org.uk

Looking for solos, duos, small groups. Easy listening, covers, originals, pop, indie, funk, folk. Focus is on fun, friendly, upbeat.

Performers are able to sell CDs but not collect tips. Food, drink, beer tokens provided. 

Public Liability Insurance required. Mains power provided, please bring your own amp.

Contact emma.porrett@camra.org.uk with your video clips or call 07949 728 189 with any queries.


dunnhumby Summer BBQ 

Date: Thursday 24 August 

Location: dunnhumby, 184 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7NL

Time: 15:00 - 21:00 (30 - 60 min slots) 

dunnhumby are a data science company with significant heritage to west London and the local Brook Green community. Looking for soloists, duos or bands to entertain at a summer BBQ for dunnhumby family and friends. 

All genres welcome. Mains power available, but self sufficient performers a bonus to allow location flexibility. 

Fee is £150 per hour (plus travel expenses) Performers are not allowed to collect tips, but can sell CDs. 

Send a video link of your performance to Jimmy.Ly@dunnhumby.com Performers must have Public Liability Insurance. 

Deadline for applications: 15 August 

 


Do you Vintage? Vintage & Craft Fair 

Date: Saturday 16 September 

Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm, then 1:00pm to 1:30pm (with lunch provided in between)

Location: Building 10, Major Draper Street, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 6GD

A popular vintage & craft fair with several hundred people attending. The indoor venue has great acoustics for a live performance. There is access to a small PA with mic, however we prefer acoustic performances as much as possible.

Looking for a vintage-themed act to perform live – solo, duo or trio preferred. We are particularly looking for LOCAL singers/musicians. 

There is a small fee offered to performers. Performers can also sell CDs. 

If you are interested please contact Julie with your details and video clips at: doyouvintage@gmail.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/doyouvintage/; Instagram doyouvintage; Twitter @doyouvintage

 


Peckham Festival 

Dates: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September

Time: Between 12:00 and 17:00 (45 min slots) 

Location: Outside Peckhamplex 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

This four-day festival (14 - 17) endeavours to reach out to and reflect residents of all demographics while showcasing Peckham as a hub of cultural and artistic importance. 

With over 200 events – including live music performances, film screenings, workshops, walks and talks, Open Studios, and art exhibitions – taking place over a single weekend, Peckham Festival collaborates with local organisations and individuals to deliver its wide-ranging initiatives. 

Peckham Festival is 100% non profit and free to attend! Visit www.peckhamfestival.org for all details.

Looking for solo and duo performers for our busking stage. We will provide a stage, a stage manager and an a-board to tell people who you are. You just need to bring yourself and your instrument! Acoustic preferred. Public Liability Insurance required. 

Performers can collect tips and sell their own original material (by donation only as we do not have a market licence) 

Please contact  jordana@peckhamfestival.org / 07773362408 with your video clips. 

 


Soccer SixFest busking stage

Date: Sunday 17 Sept

Time: 12:00 - 17:00 (1 hour slots) 

Location: Mile End Stadium, London E3 4HL

Soccer SixFest is a fun day of football and music with up to 60 Rock & Indie bands taking part. All helping raise money & awareness for the charity Musicians Against Homelessness. A great opportunity for networking with music industry influencers and their peers as well as showcasing your acts.

Looking for solo and duo rock and indie acts. Performers must over 18 and have Public Liability Insurance. 

Performers can sell their own original material. 

Please email mark.hailey@cup.life with video clips. 


Balham Banquet 

Date: Sunday 24 September 

Time: 11a.m. - 5p.m. (30 min slots. Performers can do multiple slots) 

Location: Hildreth Street, Balham

Now in its third year, the Balham Banquet is a food street festival which offers a fun day for all. Last year it attracted over 1,500 local residents and visitors. It has over 30 stalls, exquisite street food, alfresco bars, music and childrens' activities. http://balhamfoodfestival.com/

Looking for solo or duo acts, ideally age 18 or over. All genres welcome. PA system provided. Performers must provide I.D. and have Public Liability Insurance. 

Performers can collect public donations and sell original material CDs. 

Contact Charles@thinkeventslondon.com / 020 3004 4176 with video links to your act. 


Feast 

Date: 22 - 24 September

Location: FEAST: The moat at the Tower of London 

Times: 10.30 – 17.00 (45 min slots) 

FEAST - the first ever food and drink festival in the moat of the Tower of London, is looking for musical performers across a range of styles to perform over the three days. They will play on a specially constructed bandstand and at separate busking pop-ups around the moat. https://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/feast-tower 

Looking for solos, duos or groups. All genres welcome (but not too heavy) Mains power available. 

Approx fee - £150. Performers are not allowed to collect tips, but can sell CDs. Food vouchers will be available for performers. 

Performers must be 16 or over and have Public Liability Insurance. 


 

Old Spitalfields Market 

Date/s: September: 25, 26, 27

Time: 12 – 3p.m.

Location: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW

A bustling hip hub for shopping, eating and drinking and cool events. Old Spitalfields Market is lookign to set up a permanent busking pitch. 

Solo, duo, groups, any genre welcome. Performances must be acoustic. Public Liability Insurance required. 

Performers can collect public donations and sell original material CDs. 

Please contact hannah@osmlondon.com with video clips of your performance.