Things don’t seem to be going too well in the festival world this year, are they? Only yesterday, Ears To The House posted about some of the general feedback we were getting about them – most of it is that they cost too much, deliver too little and all appear to have the same people on the lineup. This, in itself, should explain why the sector is in so much trouble.
When you add on the rising cost of living, going to see several festivals which basically have the same lineup makes no sense – far better to spend money on one festival, right? And some are choosing to prioritise little things like, say, keeping a roof over their head or making sure they can afford fuel to go to work over seeing overpaid prima-donnas failing to deliver.
Another festival which has decided to pull the plug is Day N Vegas, which was originally due to take place in early September. Even having an event headlined by Travis Scott – fresh from his Astroworld gig which saw nine people die in a crowd crush – doesn’t seem to be a guarantee in this day and age of ticket sales.
Billboard claimed they just weren’t selling, and that promoter AEG only has to pay 50% in fees if the event was cancelled over 60 days ahead. The news is an embarrassment to everyone involved, having been deliberately snuck out whilst Americans were celebrating Independence Day on Monday – but with tickets starting at $199 just for one day, rising all the way to $699 for the VIP tier, is it really any wonder the whole thing went south?
The strategy of spending all their money on big acts doesn’t work any more, it transpires…