Last night at a Dublin City Councill meeting in City Hall, councillors voted to ban buskers from using backing tracks, effective from August 1. Performers will now also be required to have a selection of tracks that lasts half an hour, without any songs being repeated.
According to The Irish Times, more than 230 complaints were received about busking during a public consultation over the past few months, with the majority complaining about amps and backing tracks.
Amplifiers have been banned in certain areas of Temple Bar, and the council will look at an overall ban next year. It has also been ruled that large acts may only perform at the top of Grafton Street to allow room for shoppers further down the street.
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