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tdk

Finland

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Aug 11th, 2016 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is it free to go busking on the streets of cities in Europe or do you need some kind of permit that cost money? Im mainly thinking of Eastern European cities. In Scandinavia you need permits.

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Aug 12th, 2016 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm pretty sure it depends on the city. Some allow busking with no permit. Others require it.

tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

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Aug 12th, 2016 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As I recall you need a license to play on the streets of London. Might be wrong about that, but I believe you definitely need one to play in the tube/underground.

tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

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Aug 12th, 2016 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oops I did it again.

(This message was last edited by tahitijack at 05:27 PM, Aug 12th, 2016)

DrKev

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Aug 12th, 2016 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In Paris it's usually tolerated but it depends where you are and what kind of mood the police you meet are in. I'd suggest along the river/bridges and larger public squares. Busking in the metro is not allowed on the trains (though very common and even saturated on the buskers preferred metro lines) and within the metro stations only allowed to valid permit holders (permits are issued once a year after audition/competition).

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tahitijack is correct about London. Not only is a permit required, your amount of time in any one location is regulated.

That said, you can literally spend days just listening to the buskers in London. Some absolutely unbelievable talent on display there, particularly around the West End.

I've taken some pics of the buskers in London over the past few years. All of the performers in these pics were better than anyone you see on TV or hear on the radio. Some things just ain't fair...

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We were in Ireland most of April. No licence needed there. Not sure about Northern Ireland.

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another pic. Jake hailed from Australia.

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Terry St Claire playing just around the corner from Trafalgar Square.

I'd have paid a couple hundred to listen to this guy play/sing!

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London Busker

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sam Willoughby, also from Australia. He's playing at Covent Garden in this pic.

Sam was SO frickin' good it was ridiculous!

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London Busker

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No buskers in sight here, but I loved the scene and snapped the pic. In the distance with the domed top is famous Harrods Department Store.

My wife and I elected to walk in the rain from here to our hotel room via Hyde Park. It was just fantastic!

I made my first trip to London in 1971 and I've loved every trip ever since. These days my wife and i go over twice/yr and i always take a good guitar to play at the Ruskin House Folk & Blues Club and Lime Meadow Rugby Club. Both places have wonderful Open Mics.

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tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

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Aug 26th, 2016 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife just reminded me that we found a lot of Peruvian bands on the streets of Zurich and Geneva. I agree with 6L6, talent on the streets of Europe is amazing. We came across a young man playing acoustic guitar and singing Sting tribute songs in the overhang of a department store.

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Aug 28th, 2016 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We spent two weeks in Paris recently, and the Metro was our main means of getting around. Nearly every train and station had somebody with a banjo, sax, melodica, violin or something to make noise with. Some had a boombox with backing tracks too.

Some were ok, some were overbearing. No idea if they were licensed or even permitted to be there. They'd play a couple song bits and walk around with a cup for tips. Hard way to earn a Euro.

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Aug 31st, 2016 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: paris metro, they are never permitted to play on the trains. As mentioned, some of them are excellent, some of them are crap, most are in between, and with the amplifiers and backing tracks is usually no fun for most passengers. And yes, it's not a great way to make a living.

tdk

Finland

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Nov 1st, 2016 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys for all your info.

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In most large UK towns / cities you will need a local authority licence, but lots will "wing it" & wait to be moved on by a town / city official. The London Underground is very hot on this, & as a result you can hear some very talented performers. Same goes for all the tourist hot spots e.g. Covent Garden / Trafalgar Square etc

I live in a small town in the East Midlands, & regularly hear buskers of all sorts playing on the High Street or nearby. These range from an excellent amplified classical guitar player (he even dresses up in dj etc) to a lady who, with her singing, doesn't get anywhere near the key that she is strumming her guitar in! Painful .... but still gets cash!

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Mar 1st, 2017 03:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like Maulden said. I'd add only that some towns and cities also audition would-be buskers as well as requiring a licence. In my nearest big city there's a good range, including a guy who plays good funky bass over backing tracks, singer-songwriters of varying levels of angst and quality (some very good), a guitar shredder, a percussionist using plastic buckets and other hardware and various jazz/latin combos.

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May 24th, 2017 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And... if you're ever down in Buenos Aires, check out this street kid.

Damian now has a major presence on Facebook, so check him out there. FB has brought him to the attention of folks who can make a difference and he's now played several European events.

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