Due to the measures being implemented against the Coronavirus spreading, we had to review our busking policy.

After careful consideration, and in line with official Government advice, we have decided to stop facilitating our busking programme for the time being.

The safety of our performers, staff and customers is our absolute priority.

You can still apply for a busking permit if you wish, but please note that applications won’t be processed until our busking programme is up and running again.

We look forward to welcoming you to entertain shoppers!

Our city streets, famous for their musical culture and heritage, are today enlivened by buskers who create memorable experiences for all our visitors.

We have 12 busking locations around Liverpool ONE, for more details please see the Liverpool ONE Busking map


To apply to become an official Liverpool ONE busker, complete the online form below.


Busking Application

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    All performers must be over 16 years of age.
  • If applicable
  • Please provide a video or sound recording of your performance so that we can assess your suitability for different areas within Liverpool ONE.
  • Please include number of people in band/group, equipment you need to bring, type of performance, amount of space needed.
    By ticking this box I accept the terms and conditions below. I hereby confirm that the information and particulars given above are correct and confirm that a member of the Liverpool ONE team or associated busking partner may contact me regarding my application.

Busking Terms and Conditions

  • We have 12 busking locations around Liverpool ONE.  You may perform in a designated location for up to 2 hours. After 2 hours, you must move to another pre-booked busking location.  This is for the comfort and enjoyment of our retailers.


  • Bookings, both in advance and on the day of your performance, can be made in person, by email or by phoning the Liverpool ONE  Information Centre (0151 232 3100, info@liverpool-one.com).


  • You must not place any person or property at risk of harm or damage during your performance: always consider public safety while setting up, taking breaks and packing away. During your performance all equipment must be kept tidy and not cause a hazard to visitors.


  • Liverpool ONE is not responsible for any performers’ equipment. You should not leave any instruments/equipment unattended. There is nowhere to store equipment overnight.


  • Your performance must take place within the busking location. You may not perform outside of your location or move around Liverpool ONE whilst performing.


  • Please be careful not to obstruct store entrances. All store entrances/ exits must be kept clear with neither the performer, equipment, or audience, hindering access. If congestion occurs, the performer may be asked to stop to let the crowd to disperse.


  • Your performance must be suitable for a family audience and not contain any material/lyrics which may cause offence.


  • Your performance may not feature items loaned from the audience.


  • Your performance must be at an appropriate volume for the area. If your performance is too loud, our Customer Support Team will ask you to turn the volume down. Failure to do so may result in your permission to busk being revoked.


  • Liverpool ONE is unable to provide power or any PA equipment. Amplification is only permitted at certain times in particular locations; please refer to the accompanying map Liverpool ONE Busking map


  • Please note that we do not have capacity for solo singers/songwriters with backing tracks. While we’re unable to offer you a busking licence in Liverpool ONE, you might want to consider performing in a different area of the city centre. Please click here for more information.


  • During your performance you may receive monetary appreciation from members of the public. Please note that it is your responsibility to make appropriate submissions to the Inland Revenue and National Insurance. Guidance can be found on the Inland Revenue website at hmrc.gov.uk/startingup.


  • Sales of products such as CDs/photographs is not permitted.  You may have flyers which can be picked up from your instrument case/suitable container but they must not be actively handed out. You should not aggressively market your cause, do any religious or political speech.



  • We’re unable to offer free parking or vehicle access to the performance space.


  • Your permission to busk at Liverpool ONE is based on the videos/sound clips provided at the time of application. If the actual performance differs in terms of number of people, content, equipment, you be asked to reapply for permission to busk.


  • Liverpool ONE may contact you via email or phone occasionally to invite you to busk at particular events so please keep your contact details up to date with us.

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