Have you seen this? Dublin buskers need to brush up on their skills! And shush a little!
A creative Dublin Busker
I saw this in the news earlier, and to say the least, was a little surprised at it. Supposedly, a set of new rules governing the practice of busking in Ireland’s capital city are being brought in to appease the retailers and workers. They are mandating that the buskers who perform some musical act have at least 20 songs in their repertoire, and in some cases are even going to try to enforce a ‘dress code’. Whoa! There will also be new rules about performing hours, and noise levels, which I can see may have some merit, especially in residential areas.
But how does this encourage artistic development? Is this meant to throw off the young college-goer from picking up his guitar and heading down Grafton Street to bang out a few chords? Does it mean you need to be the ‘real deal’ to deserve a chance to serenade us as we stroll around Temple Bar?
And anyway, aren’t the buskers there to provide a better atmosphere for the shoppers? I’ve walked down plenty of Dublin’s city streets and stopped to enjoy the music, street performers, sideshows etc, but I’m not going to stick around long enough to listen to 20 songs. So is it really any big deal if somebody plays the same 5 or 10 songs a couple of times over during the day?
In my opinion the retailers should be thanking the buskers. It’s not like they cause any trouble, and if you have 50 people standing outside your shopfront, they’re going to need somewhere to go when the song’s over. Cash in!
What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.