Callout: Bandstand Live

The Horniman wants to work with you to programme two outdoor music and performance events on our Bandstand this summer.

We want to bring people together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of South London and explore the cultures, genres, and themes that are important to you.

Your performers may be from within one genre or tradition, united around a theme, or form a link between old and new styles. The events must be fun, accessible and suitable for all ages including families.

The Youth Engagement and Events teams will support you in the planning, budgeting, marketing and curating of your line up, as well as taking care of the logistical side of the events. But the key decisions will be down to you!

A key aim of the programme is to bring to the forefront artists and expressions of music from cultures, communities and peoples that have been historically underrepresented within institutions like the Horniman. As such, we encourage applications from Black, Asian and Global Majority backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.


  • 25 April – Applications open
  • 17 May 2pm – Applications close
  • Week of 22 May – Horniman induction
  • 15 June – Finalise line-up
  • 22 June – information including images, timings and copy finalised and sent to Horniman
  • 5 August – First event
  • 19 August – Second event

Applications are open to:

  • Individuals or groups that are under 30 years old
  • People living in South London
  • People passionate about music and culture

We are asking that you:

  • Programme 2-3 hours of music, dance or other performance on our Bandstand
  • Write a blog for the Horniman website about your event and experience
  • Curate a Spotify playlist to promote your event
  • Attend two induction days at the Horniman (two hours each)
  • Attend an online 45 minute 1:1 meeting every 3-4 weeks

We would like the event to:

  • Celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of South London
  • Have a variation of acts and take the audience on a journey
  • Be suitable for all ages
  • Be fun and accessible
  • Take place on either Saturday 5 or Saturday 19 August on the Horniman Bandstand for a 2-3 hour period between 1pm – 5pm

We are offering:

  • A £1,500 budget to programme your event’s line-up
  • Support the logistics of producing the event including the use of our in house audio-visual equipment and a technician
  • Marketing and evaluation support
  • Professional development opportunities tailored to your interests
  • An induction with Events, Music Curating and Community Engagement teams
  • At least three 45 minute online check-in sessions
  • Rehearsal space if needed

Professional Development

This programme responds to recommendations made by young people that participate in our programmes. It will deliver support identified as helping to develop professional skills in event programming.

You can choose to learn about:

  • Event programming
  • Event planning and budgeting
  • Marketing and evaluation
  • Curating for music
  • Social media strategy
  • Connecting with networks
  • Developing fundraising skills

Apply now