The name says it all:- it's a web site by buskers for buskers about busking and street entertainment in Bath, with contributions from many of Bath's local buskers. Please note that this is not the official website of Bath buskers - such a thing would be a contradiction in our view. It is a website by some buskers in Bath.
You'll find these pages packed full of useful info about busking, and the answers that you always wanted to know to the questions you never dared to ask, such as: how do I get a pitch? Is busking legal? Do I need a license to busk in Bath? Should I give money to buskers?
Some of the frequently asked questions about busking are:-
Yes of course you should, if you like what they are doing. People sometimes think that because busking is fun, there is no need to pay buskers for doing it. However plenty of people in other occupations enjoy their work and still expect to be paid for doing it.
And busking is work. It can take years of practice to become a good musician or street perfomer. If they can't make money out of it, the most talented will look for other ways of making money, and only the really bad buskers will remain. If you want to see good quality street entertainment, show your appreciation by giving what you can. Buskers are not allowed to ask for money.
Remember buskers are not paid by the council or any other organisation. They rely on your generosity. And it is appreciated.
There is no licensing system in Bath. The council gives general permission to performers to busk in Bath, provided they follow the Code of Practice which is echoed in The Bath Buskers Guide. In 2015 because of the changing of long established rules by a particular gang of buskers, a draft permit system has been proposed for disscusion.
(Added comment by current administrator - well, generally not but who knows? There are a couple of guitarists who started on the streets of Bath and are rising rapidly! Never say never)
Almost everything actually, but some of the main things are:-
It's in the South West of England, quite near to Bristol, although we hardly ever go there.
Bath is quite easy to get to from London, just drive along the M4, although I like to get off the motorway around Reading, and take the A4, it's much more scenic.
Also see our links page for more information on Bath sites.
Yes it is currently, although constantly under debate by the local council. Using an amplifier should be done so responsibly. If it is too loud a busker is likely to be faced with a New Noise Abatement Order under new laws passed in October 2014. See The Bath Buskers guide for how to keep it down.