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First edition

The Guide to
Busking and Street
Performance
in Bath

02/16 02 . We welcome buskers and street entertainment that enlivens our city’s streets. creating a vibrant and pleasant atmosphere for those who visit Bath. It is in everyone’s interest to have a positive relationship with all users of public spaces and these guidelines aim to support this objective. Setting The Scene Busking and street entertainment has long been part of the Bath experience. However. Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) officers. consideration and cooperation in resolving any issues. Bath Abbey. Equity and the Musicians Union. These guidelines have been written and agreed by representatives of the busking community. on occasion some performances can be intrusive and disruptive to those who live and work in the city. Our thanks go to the Buskers and Street Entertainers in Bath. the Bath Business Improvement District (Bath BID) and Bath Abbey to ensure that there is mutual respect. Keep Streets Live Campaign and B&NES Council in producing this Official Guide to Busking and Street Performance in Bath. 02 Setting The Scene 03 Map Of Popular Performance Areas 04-05 Buskers And Street Performers’ Guideline 06 Bath Abbey 07 Specific Performance Issues 08 Selling CDs BG01. Bath BID.

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Performers should be prepared to move after this time period. a) Street performance and busking is normally for a maximum of one hour at a pitch. Excessive noise and loud inconsiderate amplification is not welcome c) Before setting up your performance anticipate the impact that your act will have on others in the area you choose d) Entertainers should not set up in front of shop windows. please adhere to the traffic light system that is shown on page 6 04 . Street Performers and Buskers are expected to adhere to these guiding principles. doorways and fire exits. There is a culture of swapping pitches and moving around the city. One pitch should not be dominated by one performance artist b) Noise from instruments or performance should not be above street ambient noise. Where busking or street performances create a problem. Buskers/Street Performers Guideline Below are the guidelines for busking/street performing in Bath. ask the business or building owner’s permission first e) Where fire and chemicals are used as part of your performance please clean the space when you have finished f) Performers should be mindful of street traders and others who use the public space under licence to perform their day to day living g) When performing around the Abbey. If you are unsure. please see page 7.

please be courteous. Repeating a limited number of songs/performance pieces causes complaints n) SouthGate and Milsom Place are private shopping areas. Similarly we ask members of the public to wait for a gap in the performance before approaching a performer to discuss any issue l) Conflict issues should be dealt with in a professional and courteous manner. 05 . Please see page 7 in supporting conflict resolution m) Performers are asked not to repeat the same material.20:00 hrs i) Entertainers should not ask for money but can accept donations j) Selling of CDs or products relating to the performance requires street trading consent obtainable from the local authority (see page 8) k) If you are approached by a member of the public.h) Performance times in Bath City Centre are 10:00 . Performing in these areas requires permission from the management.

This means that the volume of any performance (with or without amplification) should reflect the presence of the Abbey at all times. please respect their request. South West door Choir gates Please honour this traffic light system. Bath Abbey Bath Abbey Precincts are a place of great significance to Bath and the hundreds of thousands that visit this holy site. We ask that street musicians are very sensitive to the needs of people in the Abbey. bereavement or anxiety as well as expressing joy and happiness. It is there to help you. (On the board facing the Roman Baths. This is an essential part of Bath Abbey’s role and it is always being used for prayer and meditation even when it appears there isn’t an event happening. and the board on the railings on the side facing Kingston Parade. the red means please do not busk.) Green means it is ok to proceed with care. To help Street Musicians. There are daily services in the Abbey. They will be there for many reasons including ill-health. Bath Abbey offers an oasis of peace and calm in this bustling city. If approached by a member of the Abbey staff for any reason. 06 . choir practices and many other events in the year. the Abbey publishes a traffic-light system on two public noticeboards.

and also affecting the quality of life of those in the area. here are some suggested methods of resolving conflict. Please note that these suggestions relate to the specific busker at the specific time in question and are not intended to apply to buskers more generally. Where possible. a written warning may be served on the performer. e) If the performer fails to adhere the conditions of this. If they are aware and you don’t feel the performance is complying to the guidelines. subject to there being sufficient evidence the council will serve a Community Protection Notice under the provisions of the Antisocial Behaviour. or a previous written warning.Specific Performance Issues Most local buskers and street performers are aware of these guidelines and will adhere to them. Should you feel that a performer is not complying with these guidelines. Failure to abide with the formal notice will result in legal action under the above Act. d) If however either a previous verbal warning has been given or the officer determines that it is necessary. c) If the officer feels that the performance is unreasonable. kindly ask the performer to re-evaluate their performance in light of your observations b) If this intervention does not result in a positive outcome. 07 . then no action will be taken. if not present a copy. an officer will attend to assess the performance. normally a verbal warning will be given to the performer. a) During a gap in the performance ask the busker if he or she is aware of these guidelines. Crime and Policing Act 2014. These suggestions do not deal with the busker’s style or quality. If the officer’s opinion is that the performance is not unreasonable. please call the B&NES Council on 01225 477551.

uk 08 .bathnes. Details of these provisions and an online application form can be found on the council’s website at www. Useful Contact Details Bath and North East Somerset Council Environmental Protection Team – Telephone 01225 477551 (Office hours) 01225 477477 (Emergency out of hours) Web site for guidelines www.uk/street-trading.gov.uk. Any query please email licensing@bathnes. Selling CDs Under Schedule 4 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 all streets within Bath and North East Somerset have been designated consent streets which basically means that you need permission to trade from any street or highway within the authority. Daily consents are available from the Bath Visitor Information Centre.co.bathbid.gov.uk/busking www.bathbuskers.co.

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