Edinburgh Big Beach Busk 2019: 17 of the best pictures as visitors brave strong seaside winds

It started when Edinburgh resident Paul Lambie wondered why Portobello’s prom was not full of buskers.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 3:42 pm
It started when Edinburgh resident Paul Lambie wondered why Portobellos prom was not full of buskers.

Ten years later it is one of the biggest busking events in Europe – but it is about more than music. Now, a festival in itself, the Big Beach Busk is an annual fixture in Portobello and the wider Capital’s social calendar. Crowds braved the high winds at the mile-long promenade over the weekend as the population of Portobello swelled with visitors from near and far. Described as “an all day flash mob by the sea” this year’s Big Beach Busk marked a decade of the small, grassroots festival. The Busk brings together around 400 artists. This year the line-up included China Blue, Alex Stewart and the The U3A Ukelele Group. Scotland’s longest running women’s samba band Beat That gave up an invite to a festival in Italy to take part. Locals also raised over £1000 to help support a fundraising drive launched by the family of eight-year-old Sol Barrie-Douglas, who has battled brain tumours since 2016. Paul Lambie posted on the Facebook page that he wanted to grow the festival but retain its strong community roots. He said: “With regular annual growth how do we keep this brilliant busk going without it becoming a monster?”

Drum group Beat That
Ashleigh Mcleod and Colin Campbel AKA Lady Carnage
Tesla Coils

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U3A perform
People get in the spirit of the day
People braved the strong winds
Drum group Beat That get into the groove
Open Sea
Portobello swelled with visitors from near and far
Edinburgh School of Rock Ensemble member Nathan Macinnes
Graham Currie and daughter Clemence (6) from Portobello
80s Euro pop duo Z and Saffire
Kieran Donovan raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust
Bruce, Alfie, Toby, Alex and Lucas, raising money for the Sol Stage
A huge range of instruments was on show
The O'Brien family from Edinburgh Andy, Louis (8) Flora (13) Josie (11) and Xanthe
Ellie, Paula, Natalia and Olivia of Edinburgh Synchronised Swimming Club