Evolution of Music Festivals
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How Music Festivals Have Changed in the Last Twenty Years

How Music Festivals Have Changed in the Last Twenty Years | Evolution of Music Festivals | Scoop.it
Festivals have changed dramatically in this time - when the first T in the Park took place in 1994 the only other UK festivals were Glastonbury, Reading and WOMAD - now there are literally hundreds all over the country and they have gone from just being a place where you watch bands outdoors, to an entire four day experience or a long weekend away.
Hugo Alberto Zarate Salazar's insight:

Many cities are well known by the music festivals that are held there. Scotland is one of them, even though it does not sound like a musical city at all. Music festivals have grown dramatically over the last twenty years that now festivals are not just live music acts, people are asking more from them due competence from other music festivals. The only thing that has never changed is the passion for music.

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Alexander Torre's curator insight, February 16, 2014 8:18 PM

The music scene is changing for the best. These small places were bands used to come play have now changed in to 4 day events of non stop music. One thing that has not changed is everyone's passion for music. The festival scene is growing and become bigger and bigger each day. More and more people tend to these events. The pros in this is that the artist get to do collaborations with other artist. They get to play multiple nights in a row. They also get a chance to hear other musicians like them selves that could have some influence on them.  A negative side to this could be 4 days away from everything. Many people to not bring enough things for the festival or tend to forget things and not pack enough clothes for the temperature.

 

Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 12:45 AM

This supports just how dedicated fans can be; traveling out of the country to see their favorite musicians perform. Twenty years ago only 17,000 people attended this festival in Scotland as oppose to now, roughly 85,000 music lovers attend. This just comes to show how much music festivals have and continue to grow worldwide. 

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Dancing in fields, camping and pop culture

Dancing in fields, camping and pop culture | Evolution of Music Festivals | Scoop.it
Festival season is here, so we take a look back at the ideals that spawned a global industry.
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Music festivals have changed a lot since the first ones around 1960's and 1970's. The evolution of these festivals develop around the same purpose, which is enjoying live acts and having a good time, but now it also includes art, poetry, dance, and food. Modern festivals now make people believe they are part of the festival, because there is more engaging activities from the crowd than there was before. People are much more open-minded about festivals, they want to have an incredible and unbelievable experience. 

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Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:48 PM

It's safe to say that music festivals have developed since the 60s and 70s. Now, those who attend the festivals aren't JUST there for the music, but for the activities as well. For instance, now if you attend a music festival and you aren't really interested in an artist, you don't HAVE to stay and watch. Instead, you can go off and do some activities that the festival offers. On the other hand, some attendees go to music festivals in order to discover new artists along with enjoying artist's music they already know and love. Overall, music festivals have grown to be more interactive with the fans who spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars to attend. 

Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 11, 2014 10:51 PM

It's safe to say that music festivals have developed since the 60s and 70s. Now, those who attend the festivals aren't JUST there for the music, but for the activities as well. For instance, now if you attend a music festival and you aren't really interested in an artist, you don't HAVE to stay and watch. Instead, you can go off and do some activities that the festival offers. On the other hand, some attendees go to music festivals in order to discover new artists along with enjoying artist's music they already know and love. Overall, music festivals have grown to be more interactive with the fans who spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars to attend. 

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How music festivals are singing the changes

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Live music events have quickly become a key route to profitability for the record industry
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Live events like music festivals are being the first form of revenue for the industry. The artist get their part and even the marketing team from a record company. Music festivals represent movement of the economy from each place they are held. On the UK, music festivals are one of the fastest growing sectors, and this is also the case for many other countries. Many live events are being created and some of them, like smaller ones, are closing. Even though some festivals can't keep up, industry is healthy with new events opening each year.

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Alexander Torre's curator insight, February 16, 2014 8:13 PM

Many artist make money through festivals and venues. The rise of festivals is changing. There are many smaller festivals now arising and growing in size. This is a place where people can share the same musical influence. This article says how Britain alone has about 670 events. This is not to mention all the ones outside that area.

Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 13, 2014 11:43 AM

Nowadays, the main way for the industry to make money isn't by selling records, it's by selling tickets to see a live show. Within the past 25 years, music festivals continue to grow which started out from nothing. A majority of the money gained is by the tickets sold while the rest is made by selling food, merchandise, sponsorship, etc. at live shows. It doesn't surprise me that most money gained is by selling tickets for shows, especially when those who sell the tickets are planning to put on a hell of a show. Also, when people are taking time off work or school and paying for a ticket with their rent money; people want to experience as many as live performance as possible. There are more festivals being created or planned up almost every year which makes the festival-goers that much more happy. 

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Music Festival Tech Changes Drastically Since Woodstock [INFOGRAPHIC]

Music Festival Tech Changes Drastically Since Woodstock [INFOGRAPHIC] | Evolution of Music Festivals | Scoop.it
Here's an infographic that compares how technology is used by fans at music festivals now compared to the Woodstock era.
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Technology is heavily involved in music festivals nowadays. Cellphones play the most important role in terms of technology with music festivals today. One of the most notorious difference with recent festivals and older festivals is that use of technology to share photos, videos, and statuses with other people. The lighters have been replaced by the bright light that newest phone emit.

 

Pros and Cons:

 

Pros:

People can share a lot of the experiences with users who were not there.

Technology is also used to interact with the artists like asking for an specific song.

Memories of the experience are now an easy option.

 

Cons:

People spend a lot of the time in their phones during the event.

Many people loose the real sense of being in a concert because they use the phone all time.

 

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Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 12:52 AM

Although I am guilty of using my smartphone during concerts, I do believe that people get so caught up in the phones during concerts that they are missing what they paid for. There's no doubt that technology is constantly changing and effecting our lives. Unfortunately, it is beginning to effect our live entertainment. 

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Video: Evolution of Music Festivals

Video: Evolution of Music Festivals | Evolution of Music Festivals | Scoop.it
Modern three-day music festivals take their inspiration from Woodstock.
Hugo Alberto Zarate Salazar's insight:

Music Festivals have been around for almost 50 years. The first festivals represented lost for the organizers, but they recovered their money from selling the live dvd's and documental. Modern festivals are one of the first forms of revenues for the artists and organizers, because the music industry has changed a lot. Nowadays festivals are more controlled and people have to follow rules in order to have a safe and entertaining environment. 

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Rilee Jackson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 12:56 AM

It's safe to say that music festivals aren't so safe as they potentially were 50 years ago. Nowadays security is one of the biggest necessities on the list in order to enjoy a music festival and to make it happen safely. Woodstock was a major event in 1969 and is actually the inspiration for modern three-day festivals.