Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bandstand Busking

Bandstand Busking is a London-based project that rules. As its name indicates, their goal is to set up little gigs in bandstands of the city that are otherwise unused.

Sleeping States

This project reminds me of sites such as La Blogothèque, Black Cab Sessions, If You Make It, etc. although the main difference is that Banstand Busking is primarily interested in the little gigs they organize. Granted, La Blogothèque sometimes sets gigs up in little intimate places (the Bon Iver one looks amazing), but most of the time that's not the case. With Banstand Busking we are all invited to enjoy the music, which is being recorded at the same time and put up later on their site.

And honestly, the atmosphere is great. Everyone is quiet, though sometimes (...or maybe most of the time) you can hear the 'click's of the cameras... And the location is awesome - I love bandstands.

The Twilight Sad

Among the bands that have played in a bandstand we can find, for instance, Asobi Seksu, First Aid Kit, Of Montreal, Black Lips, Slow Club, etc.

To put it in a nutshell (I find this expression hilarious), if you ever go to London and there happens to be a Bandstand Busking gig, don't hesitate and GO, because the experience is truly great.

Here's an "unofficial" video (they haven't posted this gig on their site yet) of The Twilight Sad playing on November 1, 2009 at Northampton Square. It was really good.

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