Street musicians are too loud, say Brussels centre residents
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Street musicians are too loud, say Brussels centre residents

One of many Brussels street performers. Credit: Wikipedia

Brussels Street musicians could face scrutiny over noise levels following complaints from city centre inhabitants that their playing is too loud.

According to the residents, the music is breaking the 60-decibel limit set by the City of Brussels, prompting the municipality to launch an evaluation. The 60-decibel limit is a similar level to a normal conversation between two people.

A resident of the pedestrian zone has said that he could detect exceptions of 70 to 90 decibels with his sound meter, reports RTBF. To put the sound into context, 70 decibels is the equivalent of a hairdryer, while 90 is closer to a lawnmower.

The municipality of Brussels-City said that it is the responsibility of the police to ensure street musicians keep within the rules but promises to evaluate.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times