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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Busking

Last year
# Grafton Street
Glen Hansard calls out division over housing as Christmas Eve charity busk returns
A Ukrainian carol, Fairytale Of New York and a medley of songs in a roaring finale marks the return of a very Dublin tradition.
All time
# Your Say
Poll: Should buskers be banned from using amps until after 6pm?
That’s one of several new rules due to come into effect in Galway next year.
# Busking
'People come for the atmosphere': Galway's buskers and businesses clash over new rules on street performing
The new bylaws were introduced by Galway County Council.
# tradition
Photos: Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Imelda May and U2 among the Dublin city buskers last night
A big crowd as in attendance for the annual event.
# Music Makers
The life of a Grafton Street busker: 'People think you show up and play - but I've been here since 8am'
The scene on Dublin’s premium busking street can be competitive, one performer said.
# all along the watchtower
Two busking brothers from Wicklow absolutely wowed the judges on The X Factor last night
They even made Simon Cowell get a bit emotional. Yes, really.
# love is all you need
Homeless couple get engaged in Apollo House following performance by Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard was on hand to serenade residents and staff at the Dublin centre.
# session
'We're in a delicate position with the law': Gardaí shut down Grafton St busk due to overcrowding
One man in the crowd said he feared he and his daughter would be crushed.
# sound out
17 excellent busking moments from the streets of Dublin
# Karaoke
Buskers in Dublin have been banned from using backing tracks
Street performers will also need enough material to play for 30 minutes without repetition
# graftin' street
Fed up with karaoke artists masquerading as buskers? Dublin City Council vote on new restrictions tonight
Councillors will decide on proposals to ban backing tracks everywhere, and introduce restrictions for Grafton Street performers
A proud dad busked around all 32 counties to raise funds for his disabled son
“He’s just such a beautiful young boy, I’d do anything for him.”
# Take a Break
Watch: Homeless Irish man's stunning rendition of Summertime
Bernard Davey’s performance has made a big impression.
# milo's appeal
This 11-year-old from Cork is busking twice a week to raise money for refugees
Milo McCarthy has raised over €7,000 since starting the appeal.
# Buskers
These Drogheda lads' song about being on the dole is your unlikely summer jam
# galway boy
Ed Sheeran's adorable new video shows him busking in Galway as a kid
So much to love here.
# poxy bikes
Bono took the piss out of his bike accident during a sketch with Jimmy Fallon
The pox.
# drown out hate
Busker drowns out homophobic preacher with rendition of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Just a WANNA, just a wannnaaaaaa.
# Busking
Councillor's office vandalised with 'horrendous graffiti of a sexual nature'
Mannix Flynn’s office was targetted early on Wednesday morning.
# sing for it
Dublin councillors vote in favour of new busking bye-laws
One source of relief for buskers will be the news that a proposed ban on amplifiers in Temple Bar fell flat.
# temple bar
Dublin councillors vote in favour of new busking bye-laws
One source of relief for buskers will be the news that a proposed ban on amplifiers in Temple Bar fell flat.
# Busking
9 excellent busking moments from Irish streets
Brightening up the concrete.
# turn that down
Busk in Dublin? Here's how new rules will affect you
Fines of up to €1,500 could be imposed.
# no place like home
No Bono, but famous faces sing for hundreds at Christmas Eve busk on Grafton St
Glen Hansard, The Coronas, Paddy Casey and Damien Rice all joined the fun.
# went jingle jangle
Glen Hansard joins busking students to sing a lovely rendition of The Auld Triangle
# Culture Quarter
Temple Bar residents: "We're not anti-busker but bands are now in a nuclear arms race"
“Twelve years ago, it was bongos, now it’s generators and drum kits.”
# 1up
It's-a really him! Mario is busking on Henry Street
Fighting bowsies all over the city.
# High hopes
Look out for Kodaline busking in Dublin today...
The lads have said they’ll be hitting the streets.
# Busking
WATCH: Glen Hansard and Bono busk on Grafton St for Simon Community
Hansard asked those listening to “dig in and keep a few people off the street”.
# One Love
Will Bono be joining Glen Hansard to busk on Grafton Street tomorrow?
Just what Grafton St needs on Christmas Eve… Bono.
# Beautiful Day
7 of the most annoying things Bono has ever said or done
It’s his birthday, so there’s some nice stuff about Bono in here too.
# sax-ual healing
Epic musical battle between two buskers in NY subway
This carriage ain’t big enough for two saxophone players.
Our favourite 12 pictures of Brian McFadden being Brian McFadden
Busking, Kurt Cobain t-shirts and celebrity soccer.
# Busking
VIDEO: Sinéad O'Connor sings Nothing Compares 2 U on Grafton Street
Another Christmas Eve singalong in Dublin City Centre…
# Busking
Christmas nightcap: Falling Slowly singalong on Grafton Street (with new video)
With Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan…