Even though this was my fourth Tramlines I had never ridden the Buskers Bus so we decided to rectify that by catching the bus from outside the University Arms and getting off at Endcliffe Park to go to Folk Forest. On board the Buskers Bus is a band or artist doing essentially an acoustic set. There was one bus an hour and a different artist on each one. The best thing about the bus is that it's completely free! And it does a big loop and drops you off at the various out of town Tramlines venues.
On our first bus was The Monday Club who were excellent and very engaging. Unfortunately they only had time to do one song before it was time to get off but the atmosphere on the bus was amazing! Everyone on board were clapping and whooping along and the cheers and applause from the "crowd" at the end of the song visibly blew away and moved the band. It was a real shame to get off but we wanted to catch a couple of bands at Folk Forest.
It was a really lovely sunny day so when we got to Folk Forest just after 1PM it was already really busy. There were some lovely food stalls and vans in the park and after I had bought some drinks at one the owner asked me if I would mind taking a shot of their van which I was happy to oblige.
The first band we saw were Laura James and the Lyres. Not that I knew this at the time but this wasn't the first time I would see the cello player!
While the band played I enjoyed a bit of people watching...
Next up were Nat Johnson and her band.
By now Folk Forest was officially rammed!
All folked out we headed back on the bus, this time we were royally entertained by the Natterjacks. Amazingly they had a small fanclub in attendance all wearing white Natterjacks t-shirts and they certainly made themselves heard!
Our next destination was the Peace Gardens to check out some student bands. The first one was called Somewhat Unprepared and they were excellent - a mix of Green Day crossed with the Pogues and Thin Lizzy.
They asked for a member of the crowd to come up and stage and sing with them and this very excited young lady got picked!