It's A Busker's Life For Me

By BethPH Last edited 64 months ago
It's A Busker's Life For Me

A London busker has shared some of the highs and lows of performing for the public.

London Underground's busking scheme has allowed many talented musicians to share their music with commuters, tourists and drunk people on their way home since 2003, though as Wayne Myers says in the Guardian, it doesn't make them rich. One of London's best-known buskers, Mark Campbell (AKA the 'human whistler'), has been performing for nearly 20 years.

Take a look at our London busker photo gallery.

Photo by Fitzrovia in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 09 January 2013

Nah mate

Where's the story then?!


London Underground’s busking scheme is the worse in the world. Out of all the subway systems in the world that have a busking scheme, the London one is the only one that treats musicians so badly: they only give 2-hour slots (it's 3 hours elsewhere) and the slots are given out on a first-come, first-served basis (in other subway systems slots are distributed evenly so every busker gets the best spots at the same rate as another) on Tuesday mornings via an expensive 0845 number (a TOLL number!). A lucky few get through at 9:30am; the rest are left dialing all morning, even though all the best pitches are gone in an hour.
Horrible. Why must the London scheme be the worse, least considerate in the world?!