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From the streets to online: How London’s buskers survive the pandemic

From the streets to online: How London’s buskers survive the pandemic

Breaking News, Covid-19, London, Music, musicians, Uncategorized
The streets of London may be quieter without its usual hustle and bustle but for its buskers, the show must go on so they could continue to weather the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kaUFBnriWI&feature=youtu.be Video produced by Mengqi Zhang For one busker, Lucy May Walker streams her performances online as one of the many ways to pay rent.  “I started live streaming on Facebook and put up a Paypal link. And it felt like I was almost busking but online,” said Lucy, who is also a singer-songwriter. Screenshot of Zoom interview with busker Lucy May Walker. Photo by Mengqi Zhang. Lucy started live streaming on her social media channels when the UK went into its first lockdown on 23 March.  England is now into its second lockdown which
Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Art, Film, Music, musicians, Uncategorized
The streets of London are a stage to all aspiring musicians. However, with the recent introductory of busking licences in Camden a concern for the future of busking has emerged. Isn't it amazing how the streets of London curate symphonies with melodies, sounds and voices of different musicians? For years London has been a hub for the live music scene. Famous artists such as Ed Sheeran and Robin Williams are amongst those who started off their careers as buskers. So, be aware, next time you walk past a busker. They may be the very next star. However recently Camden council fined Beatboxer Fredy Garcia £1000 for busking without a license. Camden Town, well known for it's musicality has been criticised for it's controversial busking regulations. Street musician Jonnie Walker,