Tamworth Country Music Festival buskers might go without speakers depending on the results of a council survey

BIG ON BUSKERS: Tamworth Regional Council events manager Barry Harley is running a community-based survey about Peel Street buskers and possibly reducing or removing the use of amplifiers during Country Music Festival. Photo: Peter Hardin
BIG ON BUSKERS: Tamworth Regional Council events manager Barry Harley is running a community-based survey about Peel Street buskers and possibly reducing or removing the use of amplifiers during Country Music Festival. Photo: Peter Hardin

A SPEAKER free Tamworth Country Music Festival could be on the cards.

Tamworth Regional Council events manager Barry Harley said putting man on the moon is easier than pleasing everyone with the buskers on Peel Street, but he’s willing to try.

“It’s the second biggest reason why visitors come to Tamworth, behind the atmosphere, the second is to see emerging talent,” Mr Harley said.

“We’re talking about amplification because it ends up with someone’s amplifier drowning out 20 or 30 other buskers and policing it has been difficult.

“This is where we’re looking at maybe taking a harder line and allowing more buskers to entertain the people.”

Last year more than 400 buskers hit the boulevarde, with anywhere up to 60 musicians playing at one time.

So, council has developed a survey to find out what listeners, buskers, business people and the public want.

We’re talking about amplification because it ends up with someone’s amplifier drowning out 20 or 30 other buskers...

Barry Harley

“With those numbers comes the challenge to deal with the cacophony of sound and the intensity of sound and competition,” Mr Harley said.

“Every year we’re trying to refine the good things about the festival, make them better and bring new attractions.

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“What we’d like is anyone from the public with a strong view on Peel Street buskers to give us their opinions.”

Mr Harley said council has a lot of anecdotal information from businesses and listeners about buskers, but it wants to engage more people so the decision demonstrates the majority view.

For more information or to complete the short Peel Street busking survey visit tcmf.com.au/busking.

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