Cashless Busking

London’s buskers are going cashless with iZettle card readers.

Big Issue vendors could be set to follow.

The age of chucking a few coins in a hat or an empty guitar case could become a thing of the past as buskers and street performers in London go cashless.

Busking in London, a mayor-backed organisation that has regulated street performers since 2015, has partnered with Swedish tech firm iZettle to allow passers-by to pay for performances with a tap of their card.

The firm, which was bought by US e-commerce giant Paypal for £1.6bn earlier this month, says it will soon begin rolling out card readers following successful trials.

Full-time busker Charlotte Campbell insists that her time with one of the devices shows that street performance risks becoming a “dying art” without the technology.

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