An apology on behalf of responsible buskers
On Sunday 21st September 2014 the Bath Abbey service had to be cancelled due to intolerable noise from a busker outside. Whether the level of noise was considerable or just a prolonged irritant, the Rector surely had a right to say 'enough is enough' in the quiet space of an abbey on a Sunday. So, I immediately gave a personal apology to the Rector on this website, on behalf, I hope of responsible buskers. This was later aired to BBC media.
The real issue (not the media story) is the fairness in how busking should be regulated. Self regulation is not working fairly. Is it fair that a particular handful of noisy 24/7 buskers can now mess it up for buskers as a whole in a ban on amplifiers? Amplifiers if used at moderate levels allow some buskers to be heard above the din of the crowds and some acoustic only performers can be too loud. Both acoustic and amplified street entertainment seems to work in other larger cities than Bath where buskers can just turn up and play at any time of day.
I have suggested to the Council a permit system that works elsewhere. This website although not official is a platform for independent comment. Please share your views and also view The Bath Buskers Guide which states the established Code of practice (here). it emphasises the need to ask someone else to soundcheck you from a distance.
(musician and website adminstrator)