Wednesday 25 January 2017

Buskers' backing tracks banned by city councillors

Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30

Glen Hansard and Mundy busking on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Glen Hansard and Mundy busking on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Dublin City Council has voted to ban the use of backing tracks by buskers.

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Councillors also voted to ban the use of amplifiers by street musicians in parts of Temple Bar and outside the GPO.

However, a city-wide ban was rejected at a meeting last night.

And a controversial proposal to ban percussion and woodwind instruments - including uilleann pipes - was also rejected.

A report by Dublin City Council management had indicated a ban on amps could allow for the relaxation of restrictions on performance times.

However, a sound intensity limit of 75 decibels was introduced for targeted areas of Temple Bar and the GPO.

A general limit of 80 decibels will apply across the city.

Irish Independent

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