Bank card tips for Edinburgh Fringe buskers after fears over contributions falling as fewer people carry cash
- Visitors this year will be able to tip street performers using contactless card
- Comes amid concerns that contributions falling as fewer people carry cash
- Buskers and performers at the festival have hailed the revolutionary move
Visitors to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe will be able to tip street performers by contactless card for the first time.
It comes amid concerns by artists that contributions are falling as fewer people carry cash.
Visitors to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe will be able to tip street performers by contactless card for the first time (stock image)
But those entertaining crowds along the Royal Mile at the 25-day event next month will be equipped with card readers to take payments.
Busker Scott Hutchison, who performs as Super Scott, said: ‘Until now I’ve relied on cash contributions from audiences and I have definitely noticed a dip as the number of people carrying cash has decreased.
‘The introduction of readers at the Fringe is really exciting, future-proofing street performance and offering audiences an additional method of payment when showing their appreciation.’
Andy Meldrum, of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: ‘Whilst cash contributions have worked for street entertainers for hundreds of years, we need to respond to the changing circumstances.’
Festivalgoers in Edinburgh will be able to tip performers using card