To celebrate the sixtieth birthday of the much-loved original Routemaster, along with some other bus-related anniversaries, TfL have declared 2014 the ‘Year of the Bus’. This Sunday May 18, the organisation is teaming up with charity music festival Oxjam to celebrate with Bus Jam: nine top artists performing intimate shows on board one of the new generation of Routemasters, at three different locations across the city.
Unfortunately your Travelcard won’t work here, as the gigs are for competition winners only. Luckily, we’ve got two pairs of tickets for each stop to give away – enter our competition below. Here’s the full timetable: all aboard!
Grime on a bus is usually the result of 3am chicken, but in Shoreditch today it’s the main attraction. Topping the bill is Newham MC Ghetts, formerly of Nasty Crew but now treading his own exciting path with a little help from US R&B piece-of-work Chris Brown. His fellow musical passengers include south London’s G Frsh, who’s worked with Tinie Tempah and Skepta, and soulful urban R&B vocalist Raheem Bakaré.
Central London (3pm-5pm)
Mercury-nominated singer Laura Mvula, whose crooning voice and string-swelling tracks make her the missing link between Nina Simone and Feist, boards the Routemaster in central London, with neo-soul veteran Omar and Gilles Peterson-backed jazz singer Zara McFarlane. This will almost certainly be the most relaxing experience you’ll ever have on a bus in Zone 1.
Bus Jam terminates in NW1 with evening performances by three singer-songwriters. Eugene McGuiness is a pal of Arctic Monkeys, and actually beat them to the leather-and-quiff look by a good couple of years. He’ll be busting out some cracking indie rock tunes alongside sensitive Brixton singer Josh Record (his real name). The Camden bill also includes LA Salami (also his real name), who combines ’60s-influenced folk guitar lines with knotty lyrics. Then it’s finally time to head back to the depot after a long day of bus jamming. Please take all your belongings with you.
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