1. avatar esotericeric93
    Does a busking licence exist? If so, are they mandatory? Where can they be obtained and what do they cost? Finally, would anyone pay to see/hear me busking "niave" by the Kooks on my glockenspiel?
  2. avatar zep
    If you mime it, yes.
  3. avatar esotericeric93
    Don't be silly
  4. avatar poppy
    I would, I love glockenspiels, not mad on The Kooks though.
  5. avatar esotericeric93
    [quote:b3bd7c1d33="poppy"]I would, I love glockenspiels, not mad on The Kooks though.[/quote:b3bd7c1d33]

    Cheers, I just like that one song, I have plans for other tunes, flight of the bumblebee will take time to perfect, do I need a licence
  6. avatar trepanner
    In a word : No.
  7. avatar esotericeric93
    Cheers, somebody recomend me a spot in the centre of Belfast and I'll let you know when I'll be there, you gotta turn up with plenty of palls tho
  8. avatar trepanner
    D'you want me to play the bloody music for you as well?!?
  9. avatar I'mDead
    I'll throw in 50p if you do something by Skyclad or Venom.
  10. avatar trepanner
    I'll go as far as a tenner if you do the entirety of Hawkwind's "Space Ritual" including doing Bob Calvert's [i:a74cd5b6a1]Sonic Attack[/i:a74cd5b6a1] speech through a megaphone.
  11. avatar esotericeric93
    [quote:5e3473f9c9="trepanner"]D'you want me to play the bloody music for you as well?!?[/quote:5e3473f9c9]

    No, just suggest somewhere I'll draw in a good crowd and not get shifted, then in due course I'll post on the gig forum when I'll be there and hopefully you'll all turn up
  12. avatar whipchorus
    I f*ckin hate buskers.
  13. avatar trepanner
    I think you'll have to go in, wander round and take your chances on the day - I'm led to believe buskers are territorial creatures and thus you'll have to see where you can get stationed.

    If you were curious, and it was free of other buskers, I'd recommend nipping into Ann St. Subway: It's not the busiest part of the town, however it has really unusual acoustics - you'll get a huge slap of reverb coming back at you and this will really work well for some parts of [i:dcdd8f3d88]Space Ritual[/i:dcdd8f3d88].
  14. avatar thefatson
    I would take the spot outside dunnes where the guy dressed as renaisance man sometimes plays keyboard, he`s class I especially like how he looks like he`s trying not to laugh.

    He really reminds me of the future of classic rock:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R0pbn6Rht4
  15. avatar Chi-Lite
    Do you never tire of posting up mad, crrrazy, naive and unrealistic ideas on this forum?

    Busking is not a gig......you cannot expect people to turn up to a spot in the street to see you play a tune, and hope for universal applause and money to be thrown at you.

    Get down early, get yourself a pitch, play a bunch of songs over and over agin, and hope that, through the course of the day, you will make a few quid from people who are passing and hear a wee bit of the tune. that's what busking is.

    Also, you would probably need some form of amplification for your glock
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  16. avatar huggy baps
    somewhere in the Victoria Centre..
  17. avatar Mickeycolensoparade
    I was wondering this the other day, does belfast boast many buskers? I've only ever seen 1 or 2, and can't really think of much places that'd be good for busking.

    peace out bra'
  18. avatar zep
    [quote:8ee326a1d1="esotericeric93"]Don't be silly[/quote:8ee326a1d1]

    I'm not sure you're the best person to comment on what is silly and what isn't, no harm to you. Good luck with the glockenspiel all the same, I was considering investing in one myself.
  19. avatar myspace.com/eleventhnote
    i saw a man carrying two grand pianos on his back last thursday in Belfast, he was bemused by the lack of busking 'gig' oppurtunities

    tis a pity, two grand pianos arent light
  20. avatar fastfude
    In Prog, just go and busk and see what happens. Stop posting these sad topics and just [i:76ecfe5752]do[/i:76ecfe5752] something.
  21. avatar Ooopsapocalypse
    Not the time of year for the aul busking mallarky but come the summer there's always quite a few.Some good one's as well.
    Funnily enough I saw one of our migratory friends with an accordion outside HMV the other week.
    Not sure he was playing a tune, more making noise by his incessant shaking.
    I gave him a pound and told him to get a coffee.
    He stared at me blankly so I walked on.
    Mad I tell's ye.
  22. avatar zep
    I was in a pub in Bilbao the other week and a group of fellas and girls with accordions just showed up and did a wee impromtu gig, off the street. Not too sure if they were busking or just nipping in and out of bars performing, but it was class all the same.
  23. avatar myspace.com/eleventhnote
    [quote:df3c441ff2]I was in a pub in Bilbao the other week and a group of fellas and girls with accordions just showed up and did a wee impromtu gig, off the street. Not too sure if they were busking or just nipping in and out of bars performing, but it was class all the same. [/quote:df3c441ff2]

    You get that alot more in forgin...forgien...forin...FAR AWAY PLACES....than you do here...its cool to see, they do it lots in bulgaria with volins...
  24. avatar Michael Rushe
    As far as I'm aware you do need a licence.
    Call your local council, they'll sort you out.
  25. avatar Chi-Lite
    Officially, you do need a licence for any kind of public performance.

    However, having done a fair bit of busking myself, I can guarantee that there is absolutely no way anyone will ask you for one. It's not the cop's business, and the council are too busy chasing people for throwing away litter. Which is a reasonable heirarchy of priorities.

    So, realistically, for busking, no you dont need a licence
  26. avatar trepanner
    [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/oyb/legal_financial/streetbuskers.shtml]Neither realistically nor legally, apparently.[/url]
  27. avatar ebs93
    You'll have to get there early as most spots are taken up by accordion players cranking out their own versions of Coltrane's Ascension.

    As for Glocks - this baby is winging its way to me:
    [url]http://www.andyou.co.uk/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=CB8674[/url]
  28. avatar DuncanDisorderly
    i saw a guy outside bhs playing a keyboard in a bunny suit the other day. i didnt give him money which really sums up just how i feel about buskers.

    fair play to him for trying though!
  29. avatar Mutts Nutts
    [quote:50a81370bd]and not get shifted[/quote:50a81370bd]

    Dunno mate, I'm partial to an oul' shift from time to time myself. For best results, I'd suggest the Elk in Toomebridge. :smt100


    On a busking note, try Pottinger's Entry or anywhere else for that matter where you have room to get yer glock out without causing passers-by too much trauma.

    They might even pay you to [b:50a81370bd]stop[/b:50a81370bd] playing/wise up *delete as applicable*
    Now there's a concept for your cabaret! :wink:
    :smt102
  30. avatar artofdarkness
    I was in a sit-down chippy in Drogheda one weeknight, and the staff were talking away to this local old man, who was having his cup of tea. He leaves, and next thing, the air is full of fiddle music, and when we left, we saw he was just standing at the corner, playing away, for the sheer hell of it. He wasn't even looking for money. He must have just wanted to get the music out.
  31. avatar stevieo
    Busking is a great way of practicing performance. It is a good way of putting the final touches on a new song or a piece you want to perform. Any performance space is essential for experience. At the end of the day doing it is what really counts. If you don't gig you don't grow.
  32. avatar thecunnyfunt
    yea just keep away from clinton cards okay.

    and virgin
  33. avatar fopp
    If licenses were a legal requirement, presumably you'd only need one if you actually went busking rather than just posting about it here.

    I'm one to talk though, I never/rarely bother my club fandango to do anything either.

    Not sure if I've said this elsewhere, but I would genuinely like it if some of this fellows crazy-assed stuff came to fruition. Some of it might be god-awful, some might be fandabulous, either way it would help to make this place a little more interesting, as you'd find in proper cities.

    (Is anyone else finding the site really slooooooow today...)

    Yours truly,
    Concerned of Bumbridge-Wells
  34. avatar RockShandy
    [quote:1e0d20011b="DuncanDisorderly"]i saw a guy outside bhs playing a keyboard in a bunny suit the other day. i didnt give him money which really sums up just how i feel about buskers.

    fair play to him for trying though![/quote:1e0d20011b]

    That's the same guy who often dresses up in the Renaissance gear.
  35. avatar Danny McCormack
    I'd like to see some proper buskers instead of the usual minority/costumed types that you see darkening every street corner in Belfast.

    Some with talent and ambition and a bit of life about them. Is this so hard to ask, or do all the talented musicians in Belfast look down on busking as a lower form of performance?

    Who's up for it? Mickey?
  36. avatar stevieo
    doesnt matter who thinks what.
  37. avatar mcstick
    I long for the day when busking is reclassified as a "no quibble" capital offence and will vote for anyone who proposes same. It's all very well throwing money at someone you walk past now & again, but when you have to listen to the same c**t all day, every day playing the same shite (badly) every 20 minutes when your trying to work you'd soon think again. I leave work every day thinking "why i oughtta!" F*ck sake get a proper job & let the rest of us work in peace. A pox on them all.
  38. avatar trepanner
    [quote:434b4201e6="stevieo"]doesnt matter who thinks what.[/quote:434b4201e6]

    Zen, Belfast style?
  39. avatar esotericeric93
    [quote:dd50e2b744="Chi-Lite"]Do you never tire of posting up mad, crrrazy, naive and unrealistic ideas on this forum?

    Busking is not a gig......you cannot expect people to turn up to a spot in the street to see you play a tune, and hope for universal applause and money to be thrown at you.

    Get down early, get yourself a pitch, play a bunch of songs over and over agin, and hope that, through the course of the day, you will make a few quid from people who are passing and hear a wee bit of the tune. that's what busking is.

    Also, you would probably need some form of amplification for your glock[/quote:dd50e2b744]

    I know busking is not a gig, but it would be nice to know it wasnt a waste of my time, it would also be good for a few familar faces to pass by and chuck a few coins
  40. avatar artofdarkness
    I saw some busker who had stood in a back street of Belfast all day, go to lift her money and have the cup up-end straight into a drain. One more occupational hazard of the street musician.
  41. avatar mcstick
    Thon bastard with the amp and droning voice has just turned up right outside my office. I'm wondering if we could commemorate this holy day with an actual crucifixion?
  42. avatar all-is-vanity
    Anbody who fulfils the following criteria is commiting a captial offense and should be punished:

    - Playing music on a pavement, badly, and causing an obstruction
    - Loitering on the pavement and making neanderthal comments to passers-by
    - stupidly attired, obstructive morons trying to get my bank details and signature
    - Drunks/junkies approaching you to waffle nonsense and beg, irrespective of entertainment value

    Possible suggestions for punishment?!
  43. avatar trepanner
    Crucifixion seems appropriate at this time.
  44. avatar dOUBLEwONDERFUL
    If I hear that one dick sing Love Me For A Reason or Imagine one more time, I am going to cut his eyes out of his head.
  45. avatar Big Homeless
    I saw, i don't know if you'll believe me or not, over in London last week, outside H&M shop three guys dressed in wooden planks, maybe old broken fence pieces,and thats it. One had an accordian, one a harmonica, and the other played some sort of tubular kalediscope by blowing, they played Kraftwerk and the pogues.
    I watched for a while across the street in a cafe. It was amazing.
    didn't see many give any odds for any cawns a beer tho. people seemed to avoid them.
  46. avatar i_amannie_b
    My brother used to busk in bangor with his saxaphone.
    Some twat complained to the council and the guy was all "no, we like buskers"
    hah.
  47. avatar mcstick
    [quote:60128ba4d7="dOUBLEwONDERFUL"]If I hear that one dick sing Love Me For A Reason or Imagine one more time, I am going to cut his eyes out of his head.[/quote:60128ba4d7] If you manage it you'll have beaten me to it. He is quite the most insufferable twat. I fucking hate him. The only entertainment he has ever provided was when he used his mic and amp to publicly berate the council official who had come to tell him to shut the fuck up. As much as I supported the bureaucrat's stance, I still laughed. For shame :(
  48. avatar Christopher
    Try some open mic nights with your glockenspiel. Most of the guys at those events play guitars. Hearing a glockenspiel being played would be a refreshing change for the audience
  49. avatar Busk Til Dusk
    Esoteric

    Why not join the busking festival next Weds 18th - 20th in Belfast City Centre. Go to www.buskni.com for details or email me on m.corr@belfastcentre.com

    Michelle