Southampton is a popular place for busking, lots of residents and tourists visit the city centre to shop and enjoy the lively atmosphere.
Following a recent public consultation with businesses, the general public and buskers, it has been decided to change the conditions regarding busking and street entertainment within the city centre. From now on there will only be three street entertainment/busking points on the Precinct, points A, B and C (please see the map below) and in future there will be no amplified music allowed, restricting any street entertainment to acoustic instruments only. In addition loud instruments such as drums are forbidden.
Many passersby show their appreciation by dropping a few coins in a hat, knowing that Southampton buskers are licensed and legitimate Buskers are not allowed to sell anything as this would be street trading.
Do you want to perform in Southampton?
Authorisation for entertainment in the Above Bar pedestrian precinct and Bargate areas of the city centre is free and is available from us. You will need to fill in the application form (available below). Please note that authorisation for entertainment can only be given in the areas shown in the application form. Please allow a minimum of eight working days before the Entertainment Authorisation is due to start and ensure that the application gives exact dates. The completed application form can be submitted by email, but we will also need you to send us, address below, a signed hard copy as well.
For more information please contact us using the details below: