Music festivals are one of the UK’s favourite pastimes. Day by day increasing numbers of us are buying up huge quantities of tickets from festivals all across the UK. So what exactly feeds this demand for music festivals? in this guide we will look at why music festivals are so popular, what makes them unique and why most of us feel compelled to go to them.
What Is A Music Festival
A music festival is several concerts normally run over a set of different days. Typically festivals are held in rural locations and there are often camping facilities available as well as shops and food stalls. Music festivals can vary wildly depending on the type of music being played as well as where the festival is being held. One increasingly popular festival that takes place once a year in Cornwall is known as board masters. Board masters was originally started in the 1980s and since then has continued to grow in popularity. Board masters is tailored towards surfers and people who like watersports but everyone is welcome at the festival. A variety of different artists feature and there is also often surfing taking place on the beach right next to where the festival is taking place. Another music festival that is extremely popular is reading and Leeds. Each year tends of thousands of music fans descend on Reading and Leeds in England to here a variety of artists perform. What makes this festival different from others is there are thousands of fans that camp at the festival over its duration and it has a different atmosphere from other festivals where camping may not be as accessible.
What’s Involved In Running Music Festivals
When it comes to the running of music festivals there is a lot that goes on in the background to ensure that everything runs smoothly as possible. One of the most important aspects of running music festivals is the staff that are working there. It is essential for festival organisers to source the best possible staff to ensure that their event runs smoothly. An example of an event not going smoothly to begin with was the London Olympics. This was almost a disaster for the UK as security firm G4S notified the organisers months before the Olympics was due to start that they would not be able to provide the numbers of staff expected for the London Olympics. Therefore the army had to step in in order to manage security for the event. This is a prime example of a company failing to fulfil what it promised for a high profile event.
As well as the companies that are sourced the staff on the ground can really make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful music festival overall. E.G the greeting some people receive as they enter the event may influence their overall perception of the event in the end. To conclude music festivals are only likely to continue growing in the years to come and continue to provide a platform for new artists as well as important trips for devout music fans.