posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 03:53 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right area to stick this in....
Liverpool City Council is bringing in a strict policy that will ban all street performing, busking and the likes unless you buy a licence. The
ramifications of this are endless...
Liverpool City Council are bringing in a highly restrictive new policy around street entertainment that will prohibit street performance or
busking of any kind, unless performers sign up to a compulsory and highly restrictive licencing scheme. According to Ged Gibbons, CEO of the Business
Improvement District (who is one of the major driving forces behind the new policy, and looks after the high-rent paying major retailers in the city
The new policy places a large number of restrictions on street performing, many of them arbitrary and crushingly strict. For instance, any posters
must be A4 or smaller, performers cannot occupy a radius greater thean 1.5 metres, no under 18s allowed. The list goes on.
The policy stipulates where, when and whether performances can happen. It states how long they can happen for, and that even approved performances
can be stopped for any reason at the whim of a council offficial or police officer. It removes all spontaneity from street life, and, in our view,
represents a clear attempt to empty the major streets of all but a few, officially sanctioned performers. It will make it much harder to earn a living
from street performance in Liverpool and will discourage good acts from performing in the city.
Currently, visiting acts from all over the world head out onto the streets to perform ahead of their gigs in the city. Often they are only in the city
for a day or two and would not meet the onerous criteria required for a licence such as passport photos, proof of address, public liability insurance
(Typically £100 per annum and requiring UK residency), proof of age and eligibility to work in the UK and a £20 annual fee. Instead, they will
simply be stopped from performing and visitors to Liverpool deprived of cultural enrichment by a self-defeating maze of red tape.
Street Performance Alive!
How much more pathetic can things get?
I spend a lot of time between Southampton and Leeds, and the street performers are such a huge part of the city life. From the best artists who should
be signed, to the child who wants to earn a few pennies with a tuneless strum, these people put smiles on the faces of shoppers the length and breadth
of the country.
The spontaneity of busking is one of the best things about it. Being able to just get a guitar out, or just your voice and entertain people on a whim
is a talent that should not be regulated.
This is just another example of greed from those running the country. To be honest, i don't want what they perceive to be "Only the best
performers" playing on the streets. Some of the best performers i've seen are never heard of, and a thousand times better than the likes of what we
here on the MSM.
Just the "No under 18's" gets me angry enough. Let's discourage young talent while we can eh....hopefully they'll forget about fun and music, and
turn into government robots.
If this gets the go ahead in Liverpool, it will happen elsewhere.
The link contains the full story, but also a petition against this. I can't remember the rules on ATS about this, so if a mod could tell me if i have
to find another link without a petition i'd be most grateful.