BATH BUSKING UPDATE - 2016
Welcome to busking in Bath. (Please read the website founder's welcome comment above). Busking itself is not regulated by officials, but laws have to be observed.
The busking protocol has been established over decades to be fair and considerate to all and issues such as where the pitches are, how they are booked, amplification and this is succinctly set out in the The Bath Buskers Guide (an initiative by buskers endorsed by city centre stakeholders). There is now a CD selling license introduced by the council available at the Tourist Information Centre in Kingsmead Square.
As the prime busking area is around Bath Abbey a 'Traffic Light' system exists so please check their notice board by the main door. Other city stakeholders interests should be observed - eg sound amplifies greatly at the bottom of Union Street and echoes all the way up within earshot of retailers.
In 2015 a 'Bath buskers representative' was nominated* - the very fine local and international singer/guitarist Steve Robinson, who felt that the traditional 10am meetings should be disbanded as being the cause of the breach of traditional protocol whereby all pitches were being booked throughout the day and throughout the city at that time, instead of just the Abbey Churchyard pitch being booked. However, it seems this has not happened so all this website can do is try to encourage a fair system of busking throughout the day that is not controlled by just those attending the 10am meetings and make busking equally accessible for everyone at any time of day.
Put another way if you wanted to shop in Bath in the afternoon why would you have to book a parking space early in the morning?
If you do find it difficult to find a pitch you can air your views on this website or to the 'buskers rep' Steve Robinson.
* nominated - there is no constitution or register of exact numbers of Bath buskers who are given the opportunity to vote and by its definition the "Bath busking community" is transient so any nomination is strictly unconstitutional but is at least an effort to organize a random group of travelling musicians to give it some kind of voice with officials in the same way as this website also strives to represent responsible busking in Bath and also serve as a communications conduit!