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to think that if you stand and watch buskers etc then you should pay up

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Nehru Sun 26-May-13 14:00:34

OR, do you think its a risk they take performing out in the open?
S3 and i had a little chat about this today...

SPsCliffingAllOverMN Sun 26-May-13 14:05:30

I pay up if I watch. Obviously if I'm watching I am enjoying it so I will pay.

There is one busker not far from me. Hes very nice to look at and has a great voice and guitar skills. I'm thinking about paying in kind wink but I'm unsure of his martial status as yet. grin

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-May-13 14:06:18

I think it would be a nice thing to do if you had stopped to watch. I have paid for watching street entertainers before, they were brilliant though.

Nehru Sun 26-May-13 14:07:24

i think you should But am aware of loads of times I havent. Its goot if oyu have a small child to PUT the money in the pot, i hate that bit

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-May-13 14:09:37

I was in Chester a couple of years ago. There were proper street entertainers, with microphones etc. They were superb, very funny and very skilled in circusy type stuff.

At the end the bloke said, if you want to pay that's great but if you can't afford to, to do something nice for someone. smile

SauvignonBlanche Sun 26-May-13 14:18:17

That's nice Sparkling, we do get excellent buskers in Chester, having a music college always helps.wink
I think if they're good enough to make you stop and listen then you should pay up.

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-May-13 14:20:55

They sort of comandeered the whole bit outside WHSmiths SB. They involved the children, it was brilliant.

Would love to be in Chester today, I would be sat by the river eating ice cream. smile

Tee2072 Sun 26-May-13 14:22:29

I suppose so but then it's not like they aren't just out there. Perhaps you stopped to watch/listen because they are crap?

elQuintoConyo Sun 26-May-13 14:24:34

I pay if I stand and watch/listen. We passed a young hippy guy with a rope on a bit of string and a bucket of washing up liquid making giant bubbles, DS was squealing in delight, DH wanted to wander off without paying - I gave out to him blush quietly, though.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 26-May-13 14:28:05

We had a brilliant group from Malawi last week, people were getting up and joining in the dancing.

It's a bit cloudy here today, it won't be that idyllic by the river.

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-May-13 14:29:37

Oh no. It's really warm and sunny in Worcestershire, I was imagining Chester to be all sunny and lovely. sad I would maybe go to the park and have a squirrel run up my trousers instead then SB. grin

SauvignonBlanche Sun 26-May-13 14:37:31


dopeysheep Sun 26-May-13 15:18:32

At the Edinburgh festival last year performers were practically ordering people to put money in, asking for notes! A couple started singling out people walking away as well.

CrapsWithBears Sun 26-May-13 15:23:04

I always give money to people who are good. I get pissed off because there's an old bloke who sets up a keyboard and CD player and plays really awful, shit, generic, keyboard music extremely loudly and drowns out all the decent buskers.

CrapsWithBears Sun 26-May-13 15:24:26

*there's an old bloke in the town where I live.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 26-May-13 15:57:51

I think it's a risk you take.

It's nice if people pay up, but then, I don't get to remove money for noise pollution/having to walk around a massive crowd of gawping tourists, so ...

There used to be a man who played a child's xylophone outside what was then C&A (if I remember rightly) when I was growing up, and lots of people gave him something even though it was hardly brilliant entertainment ... but I've occasionally given very professional-type people a bit of small change and got really nasty looks as they seem to feel it isn't enough. hmm

Trills Sun 26-May-13 16:03:52

I think it's nice and polite and generous to give money, but I don't think there is any should about it.

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-May-13 16:24:55

You do hear tales of some of these lone buskers who rake in £££££s, get in an expensive car and go back to their 4 bed detached every night.

CloudsAndTrees Sun 26-May-13 16:27:48

I think it's a risk you take. It's easy enough to tell whether it's worth any money with musicians, but there are other forms of street entertainment that I have stopped to watch before realising they were actually crap. I wouldn't like to be expected to pay money just because I was curious.

MogTheForgetfulCat Sun 26-May-13 17:35:46

There's a (quite dishy) guy where I am who does great juggling, diablos, unicycle etc with some good patter. He is ace and my DSs love to watch him - which I am v happy to do for the above-mentioned reason smile. He shames people who watch the whole act and then slope off - he's not nasty, he does it humorously, and I think it's fair enough: if they watch it (act is at least 20 minutes) they should pay something.

TigerSwallowTail Sun 26-May-13 18:12:07

It's great when people do give them money but it's definitely a risk they take and nobody should be forced to. What dopeysheep described was pretty awful, singling people out etc.

Tinuviel Sun 26-May-13 19:30:30

When I lived abroad I got chatting to an English guy busking and we went for a coffee when he'd finished. I helped him count up his takings as we chatted and he had made plenty. So no, I wouldn't feel that I should pay up but quite often do (not that we get many buskers where we live and the ones we get, I wouldn't stop to listen!

secretscwirrels Sun 26-May-13 19:38:38

I love a good busker. If they are playing an instrument that isn't bagpipes and singing, they brighten my day and I always pay. They are working, not begging.
Sadly my DCs don't have a musical bone in their bodies but if they did I'd think it was a worthwhile skill to earn a bit of cash.

cees Sun 26-May-13 19:40:18

No I don't think just because I may stop and listen that I have to pay for it, they are in a public space and while it's nice if people can afford to put some money in the cup, I would expect buskers to understand that not everyone will and they are under no obligation to do so either, if they want paying from everyone then book a venue and charge at the door.

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