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Music under Barcelona

Photo of the entrance to a Barcelona metro station.

Street entertainment is flourishing in Barcelona, with a particularly vibrant scene thriving beneath the city’s surface. You’ll likely encounter the Metro’s talented musicians as you navigate your daily commute through the Barcelona Metro system. These artists bring smiles to the faces of passersby while practicing their craft and earning a bit of extra income.

However, not just any musician can perform in the Metro. Currently, 600 musicians hold licenses to play in the Metro, thanks to regulations established by TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) and AMUC (Associació de Músics del Carrer). These licensed Metro musicians must perform at one of 38 designated station points, ensuring a harmonious and suitable experience for all commuters.

Man playing guitar and singing in the metro

These musicians, also known as buskers, play a significant role in enriching the city’s cultural tapestry. A busker is defined as “a person who entertains people in public places,” and in Barcelona, they add a unique and enchanting element to the urban landscape. Every day, artists perform in the Metro, offering a delightful auditory experience that is both captivating and memorable.

Most major cities have buskers, and anyone who comes across one should pause to enjoy the beautiful music they share. It’s a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the art and culture that make each city unique.

Woman playing a pan flute standing in the metro.
Musician playing accordion in the metro
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