Dublin City Council committee recommends ban on busker backing tracks

However they have rejected a complete ban on amplification

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A Dublin City Council committee has recommended banning street performers from using backing tracks.

They voted in favour of the restrictions this morning, following calls for regulations from residents and business people.

However, they have rejected a complete ban on amplification.

Dublin City Council have confirmed the busking issue was discussed at the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

However it points out that this is not the full city council meeting.

The proposals are being submitted to the city council meeting next month for a decision.

It says while the SPC made some recommendations on draft bye laws, the final decision rests with the full council.

"The committee agreed to recommend the banning of backing tracks, but they did not agree to recommend the banning of amplification", the council adds.

It means buskers could be allowed amplify themselves and their instruments - but would no longer be permitted to use backing tracks as part of their performance.