The Biggest Family-Friendly Summer Event. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release for the biggest family-friendly summer event – the 2022 International Busking Day festival. The International Busking Day festival will be held in July at London’s (UK) Wembley Park, the global busking and street performance celebration. Taking place on a relatively sunny (we hope!) Saturday 16 July 2022, at Wembley Park, 12 minutes by tube from Central London.
International Busking Day is an excellent opportunity to support some of the hottest homegrown talent and world-class street performers. London’s most iconic music and live entertainment destination. There are loads of options for kids and families to explore the area. Home to the Box Park, Art Trail, and the iconic arenas. Who wouldn’t love seeing a stilt walker, watching pop up performers, and tucking into some tasty food!
The Biggest Family-Friendly Summer Event
International Busking Day Is Back
International Busking Day will return on Saturday, 16 July, with big names. Sharing the stage alongside up and coming artists and grassroots acts in its seventh year. The festival is presented by Busk in London, which the Mayor of London supports. In 2021 scooped up at the prestigious Music Cities Awards, a global competition designed to reward the most outstanding music applications for social and cultural development in cities worldwide.
With over 120 performers in total, International Busking Day is an excellent opportunity to support some of the hottest homegrown talents. This year’s lineup includes headliners British country duo The Shires and folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman. Alongside electric string quartet Stringfever, Malawian busker Gasper Nali and Swedish street magician Charlie Caper. Little Stars Circus School is bringing their entire school plus professional performers to provide a whole day of aerial performance. Leeds based indie band The Dunwells will be performing on the Main Stage to get the crowd going before the fantastic headliners. All the Wembley Park Live Academy performers will be performing, showcasing the best local talent.
Welcome to Wembley Park
The introduction of Wembley Park’s newest stage, the Sound Shell at Wembley Park, and the creation of the new Samovar Space is the latest milestone in the transformation of Wembley Park. Working with local community groups, the area has been transformed from a car park to a concert venue.
The neighbourhood welcomes innovative food, retail, and leisure experiences, including:
- Amazon Fresh
- The White Horse pub by Fuller’s
- Black Sheep Coffee
- Bread Ahead
- Pasta Remoli
- Haute Dolci
- Masalchi by Atul Kochhar
- Chop-Chop London
- Out of Office Coffee
- Studio 5ive
Wembley Park’s cultural strategy features a year-long programme of free public events. Recent highlights include Wembley Park Live, a free season of grassroots music running until 25 September 2022; International Busking Day, an annual festival celebrating the art of busking and street performance; Winterfest, Wembley Park’s famous lights festival; Wemba’s Dream, a performance festival co-produced with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which have moved its headquarters to the neighbourhood.
Wembley’s Open Spaces
An extensive public art programme animates Wembley Park’s open spaces, The most recent being ‘Figures of Change’, an art trail launched on International Women’s Day, which revealed eight major public artworks by leading international female artists, curated by Zoë Allen of Artistic Statements and assembled by an all-woman team of 16. Other commissions include JR, Jason Bruges, and Maser. A new purpose-built community centre, The Yellow, provides a weekly programme of free community activities, ranging from youth theatre to Indian classical dance.
As a neighbourhood, Wembley Park includes over 4,700 new homes, shops, and places to work, an attractive public space with parks and gardens, public squares, and wide boulevards for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. When completed, nearly half of the 85-acre site will be open space and private gardens, and Wembley Park will be home to the largest single-site of Build to Rent in the UK, with over 6,000 homes, all managed by Quintain Living.
Created by Busk in London in 2015 as a hashtag campaign to help raise the profile of street performance and celebrate talent, it has grown and developed into a musical highlight in London’s most iconic destination for music and live entertainment.
With ten outdoor stages and performance locations close to Wembley Stadium and the OVO Arena Wembley, International Busking Day will also feature street performers across various disciplines, including music, dance and circus arts. The capital is renowned for its vibrant and diverse busking scene. This free festival enables communities and musicians to celebrate one of the many things that makes it such an exciting place to be.
Since 2018, when International Busking Day moved to Wembley Park from its original Trafalgar Square location, over 0,000 attendees have been entertained by 166 performers, including previous headliners and special guests such as Nile Rodgers, KT Tunstall, The Noisettes, Newton Faulkner, and Nina Nesbitt.
KT Tunstall is a Busk in London Ambassador and was the IBD 2019 Headliner. She says:
“Busking will always be the foundation that my career in performing is built upon. International Busking Day is a fantastic celebration in an amazing location and just hands down a brilliant day out! Do support buskers – however you can – when you see them out and about.”
Fast establishing itself as London’s most exciting new neighbourhood and only a twelve-minute tube ride into central London, Wembley Park will feature International Busking Day in its exciting roster of events this summer. Through International Busking Day and its annual free cultural programme, Wembley Park provides opportunities for the community to participate and engage with live experiences across different artforms.
Josh McNorton, Cultural Director, Wembley Park, said:
“Wembley has a rich heritage of hosting performances across many artforms, and busking is an incredible platform to launch the legendary acts of the future. Alongside musicians, International Busking Day will feature a range of street performers. Circus acts, dance troupes, graffiti artists, and more will be popping up around Wembley Park, entertaining everyone throughout the day.”
Justine Simone OBE
Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries said:
“I’m delighted to see the return of International Busking Day to Wembley Park. London is renowned for its thriving busking scene, and this global celebration provides an incredible platform for new and established artists. Nothing is more thrilling than experiencing a live performance, close-up on London’s streets. With ten stages and over 100 talented artists from the UK and worldwide, International Busking Day will be a highlight of London’s summer of culture.”
Kate Jones, Found in Music, added:
” International Busking Day is a celebration of a global art form. Whether it is undiscovered talent performing on the street or artists who travel the world entertaining audiences of all ages, busking hacanurprise, delight and entertain all who see it. We are thrilled to be bringing International Busking Day back to Wembley Park, showcasing emerging artists alongside big names and homegrown talent next to international performers in where biggest International Busking Day event. This will highlight a fantastic summer of music and entertainment at Wembley Park and one not to be missed.”
I hope you enjoyed that.
About Wembley Park
Wembley Park is London’s most exciting new neighbourhood. Already home to The OVO Arena Wembley, Wembley, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre and Wembley Stadium, Wembley Park is building on its international reputation for music and sporting events and becoming a landmark destination with culture, entertainment, and the community at its heart.
The presence of four hotels, London Designer Outlet (LDO), includes over 70 shops and restaurants with premium brands that offer 70 per cent off RRP. And BOXPARK Wembley, which has brought independent street food traders to the area and a dedicated floor for gaming, including:
Pop Golf, Bad Axe, and Meet space VR make Wembley Park an exceptional destination for culture, entertainment, food, and shopping.
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Sounds like an incredible event with something for everyone.
This is so exciting. We are always looking for things to do during the summer months. Worth looking into this!
This sounds like such a fun festival. I love when the arts are well respected and supported!
Busking Day looks like a really fun family-friendly event for the summer! I love all of the details you include here which are so helpful.
Wow. Thanks for sharing. I’m now thinking of going back to London this July to witness such fun-filled event. Plus I’ve never been to Wembley Park, so it’s going to be exciting visiting it for the first time.
I’ve never heard of Busking Day, but what a great day to celebrate all the buskers and to bring it all under one roof and enjoy it. There’s so much raw talent out there and it’s a wonderful way to showcase it all. A great reason to come back to London to visit.
This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing this event. It’s new to me and I look forward to maybe visiting one day.
I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds like an awesome event! What a great way to bring a community together for some fun while letting families get out of the house for a bit.