July 4th, 2012
News & Opinion
Festivals mean big crowds and big acts... but do they cause big problems for the clubbing scene too?
Reader Eros reports how festivals in his native Australia have had a negative impact on clubbing: “Here in Oz we seem to be in festival overload. One might have thought this was good thing but in fact has had a negative impact on the club scene.
“Firstly when you factor in the cost of around AU$200, most kids are now saving up for two or three festivals rather than going clubbing regularly. As a result the local scene has started to suffer as the ‘regular clubber’ now seems to be a thing of the past. It’s now harder for local DJs to develop a following and the club culture that comes with regulars is also in decline.
April 25th, 2011
by Michael May
DJing in a tent: Playing at a festival is quite unlike playing a club gig. Pic: Coventry Telegraph
Playing a festival is an awesome experience, quite unlike a club. But there’s also plenty more that can potentially go wrong. So, what do you need to know to make sure you leave with all you came with, payment in pocket and a sense of great achievement?
If you’re playing as a headline act at a festival you’ll probably have people to help sort everything out for you, so you can stop reading now! But you’re more likely to find yourself as a less high-profile booking. Having played at several festivals myself and learned some of these lessons the hard way, here are my top tips for successfully handling this type of booking: