Ghent bans street musicians with amplifiers

The measure’s being taken following countless complaints by from local residents.

Alderman Christophe Peeters: “There are numerous events in Ghent and we are trying to ensure the viability of the city both for traders and residents.

First we allowed the use of battery-powered amplifiers.

Technological developments today mean that these systems have become very loud.

It’s a situation we can no longer tolerate”.

Starting 1 July musicians with amplifiers will no longer be welcome, but music still will.

Christophe Peeters: “We just want everybody to play unplugged using acoustic instruments”.

The measure applies to all street acts in Ghent.