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.
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.
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.
This link provides information about how to get a pitch in Bath.
Yes it is. However the rules seemed to be enforced quite randomly by the council. Some people do seem to be able to get away with amplification some of the time. If you are really loud you will probably get moved on quite quickly though, and the council do have the power to seize your equipment.
Some buskers feel that this ruling is quite arbitrary, because someone using a bit of discrete amplification for an acoustic guitar (for example) might be making far less noise than someone playing the drums or bagpipes. However Bath is a small place, and most buskers probably do not actually need amplification anyway. The fact remains that it is officially banned.