Buskers on the tube make up the atmosphere of going underground, with everything from guitars to violins to steel drums echoing inside the corridors from Covent Garden to Kings Cross. What’s it like being an Underground busker for a living? We asked Kirsty, a busker from Angel who sings and plays guitar, for her thoughts.
Londoners are busy. We don’t spend as much time as we should exploring, but in this feature series, we plan to give you an epic area guide to as many tube stations as we can… telling you the best places to eat, drink, shop, and play that are no further than five minutes away.
Today we’ve got guest -blogger Kate Bandeira-Gresswell to show us around Embankment.
Busking is a much-loved London tradition, even more so when it comes to the London Underground. With upset caused over a recent ban on unlicenced buskers in Camden, there is growing support for campaigns like #BackBusking to encourage artists to continue making music for us all to enjoy.
Interview: The King’s Parade
In 2013, The King’s Parade won the Eurostar prize in the Mayor of London’s Gigs competition, which sees hundreds of musicians performing throughout the summer on the Tube and at leading venues in the capital. Launching this year’s competition earlier this month, the band headed to Paris for a busking gig.
We’ve all seen some odd things on the Tube. Dogs in stupid outfits, people talking to themselves, guys with their own personal armchairs, people in stupid outfits… We saw this dude rocking out on the Northern line, so now we want to know: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on the LU?
By Roisin O’Connor
Oh god are we spoiling you today with tube-related treats!
Click on the link below to see a gloriously decorated list of the most memorable cinematic scenes featuring our favorite mode of transport.
It’s not the most comprehensive list, for sure – but do let us know if we’re missed out any greats.
Seasoned commuters will know there are many things a person should never do on a tube – you don’t take up too much space, hold the doors open, push past people, shove your bag/elbow/newspaper [delete as appropriate] in your fellow tube sufferer’s face… the list goes on.
Yet, still *some people* continue to practise this bad behaviour on the tube – so many so, we probably all know an offender, and more than likely have been the cause of the problem ourselves more than once.
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Thus, I’ve created an Audioboo playlist of people’s stories about #tubeetiquette to find out what issues grind the most on people.