My first music festival was Sunburst Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. It was RM200 (approx 40GBP) for a one-day festival headlined by Incubus and John Legend. That’s pretty cheap when compared to Leeds Festival or Glastonbury but there was no camping, no amazing line up and it certainly wasn’t three days. Also, festivals in Malaysia aren’t well known for much.
Festivals all over have been suffering due to the global economic crisis. With Sonisphere and Big Chill being cancelled, many have blamed ticket prices for being too high to purchase tickets. Music fans all over Britain are set to brave the rain, sun and mud to watch their favorite bands, artists, DJs and literary artists this year. The price of showing people you’ve attended an awesome festival has doubled and tripled over the past ten years.
Whenever I buy a concert tickets,I get charged with unnecessary booking fees. On top of hefty festival prices, these bookings fees add an extra 20 per cent to the overall price. Is it really worth it? There are ways to avoid the high bookings fees. Using sites such as artistticket.com that does pre-sales and works directly with the artist have proved to have cheaper tickets, booking fees are not as high as sites such as Ticketmaster or See Tickets.
I think the real problem is that there are too many festivals with the same line up or the same headliners across the country.
Michael Eavis, who started the Britain’s biggest festival has said the market place is crowded and cheaper gigs are more appealing to festival goers-naturally. The event has taken a break this year and is hoping to return in 2013.
Unfortunately for Britain, festivals in Europe have been meeting the demands of fans to a higher degree with stronger line ups, better weather and more importantly, affordability.
Why stand in the rain and mud, when you can enjoy the music and weather in Croatia,Spain,or Belgium.
Leeds Met student, Conor Hutchinson, 21 has decided to skip all British festivals and head straight to European festivals.
“I’ve bought tickets for Hideout in Croatia and Benicassim in Spain. It’s like a holiday with my favourite artists performing the soundtrack”, he said.
If that’s still not good enough for you, you could go for the dirt cheap option, which ensures maximum comfort, home-cooked food,clean toilets,no mud and the perfect spot to view your favourite bands close up – Youtube.
Here’s a few clips of my favourite performances from Glastonbury last year.