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Important Advice for Buskers in the Midlands Between July and August 2022

Buskers will need to obtain a licence from the Commonwealth Games to continue to perform in specific locations and times during the Games.

Published: 29 June 2022 | 5:05 PM Updated: 04 July 2022 | 12:42 PM
Sunrise winter sky in Birmingham city centre, showing close up of the Bullring.
There will be a need for buskers to request authorisation from the CWG organisers. Image credit: Shutterstock.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games (CWG) Act 2020 has put in place a small number of temporary measures to support the delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

There will be a need for buskers to request authorisation from the CWG organisers by the deadline of 8 July 2022 in order to perform.

You can request a license via the application forms provided by the CWG's advertising and trading authorisation page

Who needs a licence?

The following list of people will need to obtain a licence from the Games people to continue to trade.  This includes busking.

  1. Those trading in certain areas around the games
  2. or around the live sites (free viewing sites for public) and
  3. from both these sites to the train stations

Which areas require authorisation?

The Midlands locations requiring authorisation are:

  • Alexander Stadium
  • Birmingham City Centre
  • Cannock Chase Forest
  • Coventry Stadium and Arena
  • Edgbaston Stadium
  • Lee Valley VeloPark
  • Marathon Course
  • The NEC
  • Road Race Course
  • Sandwell Aquatics Centre
  • St Nicholas Park
  • Sutton Park
  • Time Trial Course
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Warwick
  • Victoria Park
  • West Park

Please note: Restriction dates vary across the different locations from 21 July 2022 to the end of 10 August 2022.

Additional information

Get support as a busker through MU membership

Street musicians can find support through the guidance and services that are a part of the MU membership.

You may need Public Liability Insurance to busk in some places.

Get support as a busker through MU membership

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