Music Room London and TFL join forces for The Bus Jam

On Sunday the 18th of May a team from Music Room London headed down to New Cross Bus garage to meet a ‘Boris Bus’, one of the new generation of Routemaster buses. Bus spotting isn’t normally a part of the Music Room routine, but this was a gig we couldn’t resist.

The Bus Jam

The brief was to set up a battery-powered sound system inside the bus, along with a keyboard powered from a special battery system with an inverter (a device which creates 240v mains power from a couple of 12-volt batteries). Big sound on the big bus!

The Bus Jam

We set up all the equipment at the Gate bus garage and, with the new Boris Bus freshened up by a hand wash, and with one of our sound engineers aboard, we headed east and turned the big red thing into the venue for some exclusive performances from singer-songwriter Laura Mvula and soul singer Omar (typical: you wait ages for a decent singer and then two come along at once).

The Bus Jam

Invited guests watched the artists perform as the bus travelled to Shoreditch, central London and then to Camden. And we didn’t see an Oyster Card once.

The gigs (in association with Transport for London) formed part of a series of events, exhibitions and activities to reconnect Londoners with the bus network, and helped to raise awareness about Oxjam, a month-long music festival raising money for charity Oxfam. You won’t have to queue for long to see it; the gigs will be on MTV Bass soon.

Full list of artists and locations on the day:
@Shoreditch – Merdian Dan, Ghetts Bashy.
@ Oxford Street –  Zara McFarlane, Omar, Laura Mvula.
@Camden – LA Salami, Josh Record.

The Bus Jam

Posted on May 27, 2014 by
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