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Volume of Tube station buskers to be boosted with new auditions

Around 100 musicians will be given permits following the first auditions in two years.

The number of buskers allowed to perform at London Underground stations is to be increased by up to 40%.

Around 100 musicians will be given permits following the first auditions in two years.

There are currently 250 Tube buskers and 1,800 bookable performance slots every week.

Olivia Shotton plays music by Mozart on her violin to commuters at Waterloo Underground Station (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Ed Sheeran, Bob Geldof and Jessie J are among the stars who have previously performed on the Underground.

Only soloists and duos are allowed to audition for a licence.

Applicants can use any instrument, although not every busking pitch is suitable for all instruments.

Deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries Justine Simons said: “London is a world leader for culture.

Ed Sheeran has previously performed on the Underground (Yui Mok/PA)

“Around every corner there is a cultural gem bringing our city to life, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the atmosphere buskers create on the Underground.”

London Underground managing director Mark Wild said: “Busking has become an essential part of London Underground’s identity and has provided a springboard for many of today’s artists that we have come to know and love.

“This new wave of auditions will bring in a range of musicians who will continue the strong tradition of entertaining our customers with a high standard of music.”

Applications close on August 13. Visit to apply.


From Belfast Telegraph