Music festivals: a high-risk business | FT Film

Festivals were already a precarious business, but after a record year in 2019 the coronavirus pandemic brought outdoor events to a halt. The FT talks to organisers, bands, and stage hands to find out whether they can bounce back.

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  1. I miss my festival days. My college roommate and I would go to a rock festival in Ohio every year. Unfortunately we both had to give that lifestyle up after careers, houses, and kids entered the picture. Good times though!

  2. They should hire Rain Stoppers from Asia. It worked every time, in Myanmar it cost less than 10$ to book them.

  3. Nice interesting piece. Big thank you to everyone evolved in putting on festivals so that we can come along and have a great time! ❤🎉

  4. When a festival is canceled during the middle of the day due to weather or other events, do ticket holders get any type of refund?

  5. Great video. Here in Chile we have a few imported festivals (Lolla, Womad), but I just realized watching this video that our version of UK's summer festivals are the free, one day "festivals" that throw the municipalities in the summer, specially in elections season. Is one of the two big income sources for the musicians and music workers (the other being the national festivities in september). I wonder if people accustomed to attend free concerts would be willing (or even able) to pay a commercial festival.

  6. There shouldn't be any festivals out in the nature because of the enormous amount of pigs (festival going trashy people) trashing the place and most of the times a large amount of the non degradable rubbish fly away and also the ground gets poisoned …

  7. Hello guys, I’m watching this because I am from mexico and in my local region there is no such thing as music festivals. Sometimes we get artist coming to local fair events but no live music festivals. I feel people will appreciate something like this since I know people enjoy this type of events but have to travel really far in order to go to one (which involves extra costs for them). I have a team whom I plan to start one. No big thing you know. Just something small like a “party” and see where it all goes from there. I am not afraid to lose my money. I believe and have faith in this in the hope that it can strive for years. Any tips from any organizers?

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