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 to stay in the know.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com (Performers must have Public Liability Insurance)
Network Rail circuit
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com by March 31. Performers must be over 18 and hold Public Liability Insurance (PLI)
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
Wendell Park Farmers' Market
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitarist required for wedding
We are looking for an 'acoustic' guitarist (stripped back "live lounge" type music) for a wedding.
Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Location: Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Music would be required for the walk down the aisle, as well as some background music during the cocktail hour. The rate offered is £140 plus travel (you will need to bring your own amp)
Please contact email@example.com
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:
Roundhouse Rising Festival
Date: Saturday 18 February
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 02070019858.
Opening night at The PIG at Combe Hotel, Honiton, Devon
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your act.
Smoked and Uncut - 2 day music festival at THE PIG near Bath, Somerset
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 - email@example.com with a link to your act.