LONDON-Concerned that London’s seasoned street musicians are being silenced by excessive regulation, Mayor Boris Johnson is leading calls for the buskers’ voices, and guitars, to be heard again.

Camden Town in north London, with its punks and a high street bristling with ‘alternative’ shops, has long been a favoured destination for young visitors. But several months ago, buskers were ordered to silence their instruments by 9:00 pm. Some fear that in bowing to the residents’ complaints about noise, Camden has surrendered a slice of its identity. The borough of Camden was the last to allow artists to perform freely, but has now introduced a system of paid licences for street musicians. Amplifiers and percussion and wind instruments have been banned, but compared with other more draconian districts, Camden is still a haven for buskers. ‘I fear some parts of the capital could become no-go areas for buskers,’ Mayor Johnson warned this month as he launched the #BackBusking campaign to support street musicians.