A few weeks ago my band (Internet Forever) were lucky enough to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon playing on a bandstand in Islington. This struck us as a totally awesome idea so we spoke to the people that started it to find out more.
The event was a Bandstand Busk which, they told us, is "a mix of two things... online videos, but also little events in bandstands around London". If you go on their site you can see performances from over 30 artists, including Of Montreal (see this below), Black Lips, and Slow Club.
All over London there are bandstands in parks that are hugely underused and so Bandstand Busking are doing everyone a favour by getting performances on them that you can go and watch FOR FREE. There is nothing about this situation that we don't like.
The next one takes place on Sunday 2nd August at Northampton Square in Islington. First Aid Kit are playing and other bands are TBA.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG NUNN
WORDS BY LAURA WOLF