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Kensington & Chelsea Busking Ban Update

The Musicians’ Union continues to campaign with Keep Streets Live against the recent decision made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to ban buskers from performing in some of London’s most iconic locations.

Published: 28 August 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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Buskers could be subjected to a fine of up to £1000 for continuing this rich musical tradition. Photo credit: Shutterstock

We completely oppose the use of Public Space Protection Orders as a way of regulating busking.

Please sign the petition to show your support for local musicians.

Buskers have entertained the public on Portobello Road, in the museum district, and outside Harrods for many years. Now, they could be subjected to a fine of up to £1000 for continuing this rich musical tradition.

The MU has a long-established and successful Busking Code of Conduct that operates both across the country and within London under the Mayor’s Busk in London initiative. It is still surprising that local councillors do not see fit to use these successful schemes in their borough.

Find out more about the MU’s current campaigns and how you can get involved.

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