A mini festival will bring buskers to Walthamstow this summer.

Red Light Busking will bring artists to the high street shop fronts along High Street to perform live and acoustic sets.

The event will run on Saturday August 24 and is one of this year’s Fellowship Funding projects funded by Waltham Forest Council as part of the authority’s tenure as the capital’s first Borough of Culture.

The funding was made available earlier this year to support artists and organisations to create events, art and cultural activities as part of the year-long programme.

Organisers of the busking event said they hope it will inspire audiences to engage with live music and be part of something special taking place at the heart of the community.

The event will feature unsigned artists from soul to jazz and grime, brining new music to High Street shoppers.

The shop front windows will be turned into performance spaces along with coffee shops, barber shops and clothes stores.

David Anglin, who won the funding after coming up with the idea for the event, said: “They say the high street is dying, well in Waltham Forest we’re full of life, feel-good sound vibrations and most importantly, an abundance of culture; we just need to bring it together.

“I’m happy to be encouraging community spirit and opportunities for young people. If it’s culture you’re looking for, then we are the culture and we’re happy to share it.”

Venues for the busking event include:

  • Turtle Bay – The Scene Cleveland Place, 269 High St, London E17 7FD
  • Costa Coffee – 5 Station Approach, Walthamstow, London E17 9QF
  • 100% U Hair Barbers – 129 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4RX
  • Clipmasons Barbers – 214 High St Walthamstow
  • GO2 Mens Wear – 187 High St, Walthamstow, London E17 7BX
  • Mirth, Marvel & Maud – 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH

Artists will include:

  • Akin Soul
  • Chevonne
  • Davide Stramaglia
  • Dezy Bongo
  • Jon Dubaya
  • DJ B3
  • Dougie
  • Fitzdcat
  • Havana Sky Coyne
  • Ras Charmer
  • Rose Ebony Vargas
  • Top Dolla
  • Zvetlana