BIZARRE new rules governing the practice of busking in the capital are set to come into force following repeated complaints from business groups.
Street performers may soon be told to pipe down, change their clothing or move off footpaths, according to official documents seen by the Herald.
Dublin City Council officials are ready to follow in the footsteps of other local authorities in introducing a "buskers code" throughout the capital.
The measures ban busking and street entertainment from 8pm to 10am.
The code states that entertainers will be urged to perform "quieter tunes" and may be verbally told to reduce the volume of music.
Musicians should have a "repertoire of music in order to avoid excessive repetition of the same song or piece of music", and entertainers must be at least 50 metres apart when they are performing.
In a report published last week, executive manager Paul Clegg stated that there is "general support" among business organisations and gardai for a "voluntary code of practice on a trial basis".
"Street performance [busking[ is a time-honoured art form that adds to the attractiveness and colour of a city," the report states.
"However, for those living or working in the city centre, busking can become intrusive or annoying and may lead to nuisance being caused," it adds.