Boris Johnson launches back busking campaign

Boris Johnson has launched the new BackBusking campaign to support musicians playing in public spaces around the capital.

Boris Johnson showed his support at St Pancras station this morning. Credit: ITN

The Mayor of London showed his support for the campaign at St Pancras station in Kings Cross this morning amid concern that some parts of London could become no-go areas for buskers as a result of increasing red tape.

Some areas now operate mandatory licensing charges and can impose potentially large fines.

The mayor, who met X Factor star Luke Friend and Kilburn-based band The King's Parade at the event, said busking was very important for the "cultural richness of London".

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Boris Johnson launches back busking campaign

Boris Johnson has launched the new back busking campaign to support musicians playing in public spaces around the capital.