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I'm in Edinburgh hoping to get some pre-festival busking shows in.

I've never busked here before and I have not seen anyone out and about at the obvious pitches (Royal Mile etc.)

If anyone can suggest where to go I'd greatly appreciate it.
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I was coming to the festival but unfortunately my plans have changed. maybe next year. I would highly recommend Jimmy Talksalot's book on street performing. He doesn't teach tricks but shares real time info on how to be a successful busker.
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Thanks for the tip Charlie.

I was more looking for streets and pitches in Edinburgh.


Posted: Mar 28, 2009 3:53am
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You mean to say that you've been there for at least 3 days and you haven't gone out and inspected the streets yourself? You haven't seen any locals playing? There's no obvious streets or squares to work? There's no city hall or police you can ask directly?
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Edinburgh out side of the Fringe is crap. I lived their for about six mounths. What you need to do is catch a train to Glasgow 2 way ticket is about 10 all 12pounds get their befor 11am as you come out of the station their is a huge pedestrianased street their where you can claim your pitch for the day on a first come first served basis. don't let any one bully you of your pith. Their is a nice guy their called Pop the Ballon guy a real hard worker with a heart of GOLD say hi from me to him if yu see him.
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PS Edinburgh gets better about 2 all 3 weeks before the Fringe Smile
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Thanks Mario. Worried I wasn't going to get a straight answer!

It's still pretty cold here so I was kind of hoping the slow streets was just a sign because of the weather.

I've heard the festival is going down hill a bit with so many buskers trying to get a pitch and the festival letting way too many people set up...

I'll see what happens!


Thank you Mario and Charlie for your help! Look me up if your ever in Edinburgh or Melbourne.
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Cold, I know what you mean, bloody cold. I use to worked Glasgow in Dec through to march. I age maybe 20yrs and slept each night for about 12 to 15 hours just to recover. I use to do an escape where I stripped down to my pink shorts, by that point I was in a sweat, you could see the steam rise of my body, brilliant effect but a high prise to pay. So now I am basking in the sun, Smile
Keep on keeping on.
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I went and checked out the scene in Glasgow on saturday afternoon. Despite the rain and wind, the streets were packed! Saw about half a dozen buskers...mostly musicians.
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Royal Miles the best (and only?) place to be. I saw a magician doing the cups and balls there on Sunday (bald buy, didn't recognise him) Pretty much the place where all the tourists hang out and not as busy as Princes street.

You could always just go into Princes Street gardens and do quick magic for couples sitting down/in the park (then ask them for a donation)
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I'm thinking of heading down to the Mile today (good friday) before heading to Glasgow tomorrow. Good chance to compare the two on busy days.
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On 2009-03-28 11:11, Mario Morris wrote:
Their is a nice guy their called Pop the Ballon guy a real hard worker with a heart of GOLD say hi from me to him if yu see him.
Mario
PS Edinburgh gets better about 2 all 3 weeks before the Fringe Smile


You weren't kidding! Pop just tried to give me a jump start (flat battery) and then gave me a lift home when it wouldn't start.
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