Fifty artists. Five stages. One festival. ALL FOR FREE. Seriously, what more could you want? Well, this year’s International Busking Day has got you covered. Taking place in Wembley Park this Saturday (20th July) from 12pm - 8pm (or ’til late if you fancy the official after show at Boxpark Wembley), the daylong event will show both international and home-grown talent at one of the world’s largest celebrations of street performance.
And if a day full of new talent wasn’t enough for you, it’s just been announced that Brit Award winner and Grammy, Mercury Prize nominee KT Tunstall will be headlining!
“I’m delighted to be supporting International Busking Day in Wembley Park in London this year, alongside the diverse array of talent that will be present,” the singer-songwriter says. “Having started out as a busker myself, I‘ve always felt it has the potential to play an important part of finding your way into life as a vocational musician.”
Organised by Wembley Park and Busk in London, the music-lovers event will also see a special performance by UK chart-topping indie band Noisettes, who first achieved nationwide recognition with the single “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009.
Other confirmed acts for this year’s International Busking Day include singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hattie Briggs; folk pop singer-songwriter Lucy May Walker; singer-songwriter Sherika Sherard; multi award-winning‚ indie pop & rock artist Natalie Shay; musician and singer-songwriter Josh Gleaves; singer-songwriter Robbie Boyd; and performer Bethzienna Williams, finalist on this year’s The Voice.
Taking the Boxpark stage at 10.30pm, Boxpark Wembley’s after-festival headliner is Children of Zeus, a soul project from two of Manchester’s most respected artists - DJ, MC and beatmaker Konny Kon, and soul singer Tyler Daley.
The International Busking Day acts will be introduced by two presenters Capital Radio’s Sarah Story and Kiss FM’s Swarzy MaCaly over the course of the day.
Yamaha Music London will present their Summertime Soho Sounds winner who will perform at Wembley Park, as part of International Busking Day. The musicians will play on Yamaha instruments, chosen on the day.
Further activity will happen across Wembley Park, including a series of five free music-inspired talks at The Corner, next to The SSE Arena, Wembley : In Conversation with… events featuring Music & Wellbeing talks with Dr Rock – the Music Diet; Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy; and Music Industry Talks. All you wanted to know about… events on how to make social media work for musicians and an opportunity to try out Sennheiser audio gear.
Wembley Park is a dynamic new cultural neighbourhood being created in North West London, two tube stops away from Baker Street. Building on the international reputation for music and sporting events for which the area is known, Wembley Park is fast becoming a landmark destination with culture, entertainment and a community at its heart.
“Our capital is renowned for its vibrant and diverse busking scene, so it’s great that such talented artists will be entertaining the local community across five stages,” Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan says. “It’s a wonderful example of bringing culture to the doorsteps of Londoners, ahead of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture.”
Make sure to grab your free tickets here now!