Saturday 18 November 2017

Dublin lands top spot on world busking charts

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

First Dublin was the best place to do business. Now it’s been ranked as one of the world’s hottest spots for buskers.

The capital came out as the third best place on the planet to busk in, being pipped at the post by Sydney and Sao Paolo.

Dublin shares third place with Prague and Milan. And the reason why we ranked so high is down to the authorities relaxed approach 
to buskers.

Out of 35 capitals surveyed, Dublin came third. Mexico city was bottom of the pile.

The research was commissioned by Tullamore D.E.W.

The research was carried out by the Busking Project, which charts street musicians around the world.

The study looked at how easy it was for musicians to perform in capitals and how much the government supported them.

It emerged that busking is seen by Dubliners as “a positive expression of culture in the public space”.

Dublin city centre - top of Grafton St - Ireland. Bono, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Liam O Maonlai and Mundy sang Christmas carols to raise funds for the Simon Community on Christmas Eve

It has become the accepted soundtrack to the city, and many well-known artists first plied their trade on the capital’s main thoroughfares.

Glen Hansard left school at an early age to pursue his dream of becoming a musician.

“Five years on Grafton Street was the only education I ever needed,” said the musician who first hit the streets aged 14. Within half a decade, he had formed The Frames.

Damien Rice is another well-known busker who brought his guitar right across Europe.

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Dublin city centre - top of Grafton St - Ireland. Bono, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Liam O Maonlai and Mundy sang Christmas carols to raise funds for the Simon Community on Christmas Eve

And Mullingar man Mundy also plied his trade on the streets, often travelling up to the capital city to try out his sound on Grafton Street.

Bono has also busked on Grafton Street and regularly performs a charity singalong on Christmas Eve.

The latest research is part of a campaign to show policy makers the social benefits of busking, and as part of the campaign there will be an outdoor busking stage for performers in the Dame Lane area of the city from June 13 to 15.

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