Glasgow council erects 'code of conduct' for buskers to behave in city centre

Those who flout the rules could be fined or have their equipment taken away.
-Credit: (Image: Glasgow City Council)


Glasgow City Council has erected a "code of conduct" for buskers in the city centre to follow despite a consultation finding the performers "liven up the city".

We previously reported how the signs - encouraging good behaviour from street performers - were set to be installed on Buchanan Street this month following concern from businesses.

Despite the majority of people thinking buskers bring joy to the city centre, the signs have officially gone up with "persistent offenders" facing fines or having their equipment confiscated.

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What are the rules?

The rules buskers must adhere to.
The rules buskers must adhere to. -Credit:Glasgow City Council
  • Keep volume at a reasonable level

  • Give pitches a break after a reasonable time

  • Be mindful of other buskers

  • Have a varied and good quality repertoire

  • Avoid obstructing public access and shop entrances

  • Avoid performing close to phone boxes, cash machines and churches

  • Respect and engage with businesses, residents and fellow buskers.

Cllr Angus Millar, the council’s convener for city centre recovery, previously said: “Buskers and street performers are for many people a welcome feature of the city centre experience — and to make this experience as positive as possible, we asked for views on how this activity can best take place.

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“The scale of the consultation responses received underlined support for these performers, but also indicated some issues which can impact on the quality of a visit to the city centre, as well as the experience of local residents, businesses and workers.

“In response to this, the council and its partners have identified a series of actions to help promote the buskers’ code of conduct, and respond to instances where some do not respect the code.”

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