Few art forms add flavour to a city like busking. From rubbish renditions of Don't Look Back in Anger to pitch-perfect covers of Beyond, the great thing about the Hong Kong busking scene is that it's tremendously accomodating. Even if you're aren't very good, you're still likely to pocket a few bucks for your effort and be met with enthusiasm. This makes our city a great place to busk. Piqued your interest? Good.
If you go somewhere like London or New York, there's an inordinate amount of bureaucratic red tape to navigate if you want to play on the street without getting lifted. In Hong Kong, however, things are much less regulated, which presents a number of pros and cons. The benefit is that a lack of regulation means anyone can perform practically anywhere. The downside is that not giving buskers 'status' as such, essentially reduces them to glorified beggars – an unfair label when you see the incredible talent our musicians have. Also, without any kind of vetting, there's a lot of garbage out there and a bit of a Wild West mentality with popular locations seeing different acts each fighting to be heard with egregious levels of noise. So, do you need a license? No, you don't. But don't take the piss – if a spot if taken, don't pitch up 10m down the street. Now that you're up to speed with the basic rules on busking in Hong Kong, we want to introduce you to some people that are pretty good at it.