GRAB your guitar, warm up those vocal chords and head to Portobello beach on Saturday, where you could be the star turn. Yes, the Big Beach Busk is back for an eighth year.
An entirely unique event the Big Beach Busk takes place on the last Saturday of August each year, when hundreds of musicians and performers arrive on 'Porty Prom' and begin to play.
This year, in excess of 3,000 people are expected to congregate at the Capital's seaside, gathering in musical 'shoals' with somewhere in the region of 400 of them playing music or singing songs. With no obvious programme or running order, and no discernible leadership, buskers arrive on foot and by bus, in cars and by bike, carrying all their musical equipment, often on their backs.
To make the most of the spectacle, arrive before noon and get yourself a good vantage point to watch from. The only rules of the day are: Be kind, respect Portobello, respect your fellow buskers, tidy up after yourself, and have a lot of fun.
Referred to by locals as 'unfestivalling', local resident Esther Clayton says, "Porty is usually where people go to avoid the Festival but we don’t mind this as it’s really only one day. We prefer Porty being a bit of a secret.”
The Big Beach Busk, Portobello Promeade, Saturday 26 August, noon until 6pm, free