Some 40 acts will play on the line between Dalston Junction and Peckham Rye on Saturday (June 1)
A one-day festival will take place on London’s Overground festival this weekend (June 1).
Sound Tracks festival will see 40 acts play on the train carriages between Dalston Junction and Peckham Rye between 12pm and 8pm. According to the festival’s organiser Kasia Maciejowska, the event, which has the support of Transport For London, will help the city’s notoriously grumpy commuters “come out of their shell” and will ” give people a more positive experience of London transport,” she told BBC news. “The festival is all about being in the moment,” she added. “Hopefully it will make us all more communicative.”
Musician Fabian Holland, who played the festival two years ago, said playing on a train was difficult at first, but that he managed to win people over. “People were very surprised to see musicians play on the actual train,” he said. “The experience was quite daunting, but it got people talking.” He added: “It helps when people have had a drink or two.”
The festival will also see actors perform train scenes from famous films such as North By Northwest and Sliding Doors. A smartphone app designed for the event will enable users to get special content by pointing their cameras at place names and station posters. For example, taking a picture of the sign at New Cross station will direct users to a video of Bloc Party, who come from the area.