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Busking tour of Europe, maybe more :)
Posted November 9th, 2012 - 4:52 pm from Saint Asaph, Wales
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Posted November 9th, 2012 - 7:26 pm by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hey man!

Good idea!
My girlfriend and I are currently on a busking tour of the world! We started 4 months ago in Amsterdam, making our way through Holland, Belgium, France, Spain {Mallorca also) back to Spain, back to France {currently in Nice} and we're going to Italy soon with the eventual aim of getting to Australia!!!

France generally has been brilliant for busking and also very good for hitch-hiking.., police have generally been pretty relaxed, never had any big problems - only now again because I'm using an amplifier and promoting CD sales etc. Never bothered getting a license or all that nonsense!
Nice has been particularly awesome.....
It's also very free in Marseille! Maybe not much money, but you can basically be as loud as you want in certain places with the polices' satisfaction!
Are you gonna take a busking amp?
I could keep writing but there's too much!
We've got a blog which we're gonna turn into more of a busking blog.....
Anyway, definitely go for it, it'll be soo much fun!
Will listen to your stuff later.
Rock on man, you have our good vibrations =)


Rock oN!

Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 8:07 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)
Hey Guys

Your travels sound awesome :) Sorry for the late reply here, for some reason my notifications were turned off.
Not planning on using an amp, just me and the guitar with my original songs.
I had some great success a couple of weeks ago in Northern Italy but not so great in Milan or Grandada, which was pretty much what I expected.
In January I will cover some of Southern Spain before Portugal, Northern Spain and then France.
Thanks loads for the tips, France sounds great. Where did you go in Spain?
I lived in New Zealand a few years ago and the getting to Australia or New Zealand next year is also pretty much my plan.
Maybe we will end up close at some point.
Thanks loads again for the tips :)


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Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 8:11 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)
Hey Nacho

Thanks loads for your message and the great tips, I really appreciate it :) I was just in Prague a few weeks ago but recovering from surgery, so no chance to busk.
I had a great time in Sondrio, Northern Italy though.
Germany is certainly somewhere I am considering on the trip but Southern Spain, Portugal and France first, starting in January.
Thanks loads again for the tips and your generous offers of places to stay :)
Oh and sorry for the late reply, I never received any notifications for your message.

Lee :)

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 3:30 pm from Salta, Argentina
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Posted November 12th, 2012 - 10:08 pm by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)

Welcome to the free world of free man.
Scandinavia is a good place to visit in summer. However it's not the right time to visit from late autumn to early spring due to severe cold. I'm from Copenhagen and will head SOUTH soon.

Busking on street in Scandinavia (Denmark, Swenden, Norway) is required no permit at all. People are very friendly with buskers. You don't need to busk in a big city or in a busy shopping area, because there are so many buskers there (people tend to be less generous if they see so many buskers). I had very good time when I played in Lund, a small Swedish town with population of 85.000.

Norwegians tend to very generous if you are unique, they can tip you one hundred NOK (nearly 20 USD). However in a bad day you will get almost nothing. My advice is: "keep away from Oslo, where people are fed up with busking".

I would love to play in Sweden. People are warmly friendly. They really enjoy the music I played. If money is not critical important to you, Sweden is a good place to share music with people.

I don't like to busk on street in Copenhagen, maybe because Danish people does not "appreciate" my music.

Traditional busking site (which I don't recommend :) ) in:
Copenhagen: Stroget street
Oslo: Karl Johan gate, Aker brygge
Lund: the tunnel beneath the train station which connects two halves of the town.

Good luck with your journey,

Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 8:14 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)

Thanks so much for the tips on Scandanavia :) I am really excited about the summer there next year, more than anywhere else :) I've been to Sweden and Norway before but have always wanted to see more.
My experience up to now tells me that big cities are worth avoiding.
I really appreciate your tips :)


Posted November 26th, 2012 - 5:35 pm by from Novi Sad, Serbia (Permalink)
Hey people,l enjoy reading your post and also excited about going to Scandanavia next summer. I `m living statues and maybe we `ll see each other somewhere...all the best

Posted February 5th, 2013 - 9:41 am by from Rotterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Maybe a bit late but...

You should come to Noordwijk (Holland) !!! Great for busking. Though it's not everywhere allowed, in the most important spots it's allowed :) Amsterdam is great too, but there they're used to buskers, there are so many... A lot of tourists come to Noordwijk for the beach in summer, so I expect a lot of smiles and lots of money :)

Posted February 7th, 2013 - 10:07 pm by from Pszczyna, Poland (Permalink)
what do you think ? Holland is not to loud for playing harmonica ? :)

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 10:25 am by from Rotterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
I saw your other threat, so I know what you're talking abaout ;)

As long as you are not standing next to the highway, a railway or an airport it should be fine ;) oh and there are parts (in the cities) almost only suitable for foot traffic, that will be your stage!

But I agree with the other guy, preferably you should add some other activity besides your harmonica.

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 2:27 pm by from Pszczyna, Poland (Permalink)
yes you are right,I working on it need to figure out something

Posted November 18th, 2012 - 5:16 pm by from Morecambe, England (Permalink)
good luck :-)

If you've not got anything else to be doing before January get yourself started now in the UK- it's the best time of year in the build up to christmas!!

Makes sense to head south for winter for the comfort point of view. My general tip would be to steer clear of the big cities- generally there are loads of buskers and unless you're doing something really out of the ordinary you won't earn much...

I've played over 500 towns in Europe as a singer/guitarist so if you want any tips on particular places give me a shout..


Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 8:21 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)
Hey Chester

Thanks loads for your message :)
I completely here you with the large cities, I tried Milan and Granada last week and wow, it was really, really hard work.
I did really well in Sondrio, Northern Italy though and would love to busk and see more of Italy next year.
I'm already in Spain but working as a volunteer in the mountains which is giving me more time to prepare.
Up to now I've been playing just my originals but I'm thinking of mastering a few covers too.
I'll start in Malaga and then spend a week or two on the south coast of Spain taking in Malaga, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Seville and Huelva before going into Portugal maybe for a month or 2, depending how I get on.
After that I'll head to Northern Spain for a week and then France before Holland and Scandinavia for the summer.
Any tips at all would be really, really appreciated.
I'm a little anxious about the trip but pleased at least to have gained some great experiences, both good and bad over the last few weeks.
Hope you are great and thanks again.

Lee :)

Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 9:42 am by from Coimbra, Portugal (Permalink)
Please give me information about the group you're staying with in Spanish mountains. I'm help x ing in Donkey Paradise, Asturias and would like to spend a few weeks living with a busking community to start sharing my voice once and for all :)
Greetings ClauS

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 2:08 pm by from Morecambe, England (Permalink)
OK here's the best 20 places I played in Spain- though it's a long time ago but it might give you something to start with..

San Sebastian
Santiago de Compostela
La Coruna

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 3:25 pm from Salta, Argentina
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Posted November 24th, 2012 - 2:44 pm by from Morecambe, England (Permalink)
no worries- hope the tips work out..
You can check out my profile at www.reverbnation.com/chesteracoustic there's audio and video there..

How about you guys? anything on youtube etc.?

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 5:03 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)
Hey Chester

Thanks loads amigo, I really appreciate the list :)
I'll certainly get to at least a few of them and maybe all :)

Thanks again


Posted February 12th, 2013 - 2:53 pm by from Cephalonia, Greece (Permalink)
Hey man!
Let me now when you arrive in Porugal.
I want to join you and jam together!
What instruments will you have with you?

Posted February 12th, 2013 - 3:20 pm by from Saint Asaph, Wales (Permalink)
Yeah sure, I will do.
Back in the UK at the moment, so I'm not 100% sure where I'll go next.

Take it easy

Lee :)