Mint Street Moving Festival

Door Step Delivery: Live Music for Lock-down Weary Londoners

Mint Street Moving Festival
At a time of cancelled festivals, closed venues, and gigs happening only on screen, on the 11th of July 2020 the team behind SE1’s annual Mint Street Music Festival brought a unique event to housing blocks in Mint Street Park’s immediate vicinity: socially-distanced, free, outdoor, live music for the Southwark community – Mint Street Moving Festival. As one resident commented:

“It was wonderful. It felt like a safely distanced environment, and the spontaneity of the set made it really exciting, not least hearing live music the first time in months.”

Delivered to seven housing estates via a pair of stages on wheels, the Mint Street Music Festival Team brought the melodic Andean folk music of Lokandes direct to the doorsteps of lock-down weary Londoners, with charango, guitar and traditional woodwind flutes and pipes.

Lock-down friendly, fully socially distanced event
The event was carefully planned to be completely socially distanced, endorsed and supported by the area’s main social housing providers Southwark Council and the City of London Corporation, and welcomed by tenants and residents associations in the blocks along the route.  The band members of Lokandes were from a single household and their performances at each stop were for estate residents, who viewed the show from their front doors, balconies and windows.

Built by the community, powered by industry experts
The stages – originally made for the Festival two years ago as a project by the local Blackfriars Settlement Mental Health Woodwork Group – were newly fitted out by one of the leading mobile power suppliers in the industry, Smart Power Ltd., who in any other year would have been busy preparing a power supply for Glastonbury and other world class festivals. The rechargeable batteries allowed the stage to power a PA and backline, delivering a sound quality and volume perfectly suited for the distanced audience.

With the newly powered mobile stages up and running the Mint Street Music Festival Team plan further live performances delivered direct to people’s doors over the coming months.

Video by Tito Vega:



Musicians – want to play?

If you’d like to play at Mint Street Music Festival, please contact us using our contact form or email mintstreetmusicfestival at Include some links to your music – Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp etc. We encourage applications from a wide variety of genres but please remember our festival is family-friendly, so songs which must include swear words or adult-only content are not suitable.

Band selection usually takes place in February but last minute additions to the line up can happen up to the week before the festival.

To emphasise our roots in the local community we prioritise bands based in London.

Mint Street Music Festival is a free festival run by a small not-for-profit organisation and supported by volunteers. Our annual funding enables us to pay all musicians expenses to cover travel from within London, plus food on the day. Depending on the success of our fundraising, a limited number of musicians/bands may also receive enhanced expenses or a full professional fee. Please let us know if your willingness to perform is dependent on payment.

We also advertise for bands on various local websites and in

Due to a large volume of applications, unfortunately we cannot reply to everyone but if you don’t hear from us, don’t be put off applying again next year.

Thanks for your interest,

Mint Street Music Festival Team

Where’s Mint Street Park?

Mint Street Park is in Borough, Southwark SE1. You can enter the park from Marshalsea Road, Southwark Bridge Road or from Mint Street.

Tube: Borough Underground Station (Northern Line) is about 5 minutes walk from the park. Just turn left from the station on to Marshalsea Road.

Buses: The 35, 40, 133, 343 and C10 stop at Borough Tube Station. There is also a 344 bus stop outside the park on Southwark Bridge Road.


South London Press – event report
Full article with pictures:

Peabody website

London SE1

What’s Free in London

Mumsnet Southwark

Rockhippie Management

The List




Press for our first festival, in 2014

A report on the festival on the Better Bankside website:

A nice write-up here from…

Curious Mum

What’s free in London

London SE1

Netmums Southwark



About Mint Street Music Festival

Mint Street Music Festival is free annual music festival in Mint Street Park,  Southwark, close to Borough tube.

The festival showcases the talents of bands, musicians, dance groups, choirs and children performing music of varied genres. Taking place from 12 noon to 7.30pm, the festival is child-friendly and includes opportunities for people of all ages to participate in dancing, singing and playing music.

The festival is run by Mint Street Music Festival Team, a small not-for-profit unincorporated community organisation, and supported by volunteers.


Aim and Objectives

  • Bring the community together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making
  • Give opportunities for people to participate in a range of musical activities
  • Make a positive difference in key areas of community development, skills development, employability and health and wellbeing.
  • Improve lives by empowering individuals and strengthening the community.