DON'T SELL YOUR TICKETS YET PEOPLE!!!
Upon reading the title, you're probably all wondering what I am talking about and where I'm going with this theory...correct. Hold on folks, this all stems from the Reading and Leeds festival announcements that were made today.
So below is the first line up announcement of Reading and Leeds festival 2018 and people aren't too happy about the rather average and albeit 'safe' headliners too.
I've made the poster really big so you can all see the artists on web and phone for you lovely people.
People are raging that the line up focuses now more on grime and R&B rather than the more traditional rock line-up is no surprise. Then again, I do understand why they have done this, rock is not as popular as it was and these other genres are where the monies at unfortunately.
To all those annoyed and pissed off people, I have a solution for you and for you NOT to sell your tickets. Yes, the main line up is a bit shady, but look further down the bill and you have fantastic artists such as Dream Wife, Pale Waves and Beartooth currently on the bill. This is just the first announcement, hold your horses until the smaller bands are announced!
Reason is because you'll probably have a brilliant time going from tent to tent finding new and amazing music which arguably is much better quality than that of some of the main stage or evening artists. This brings me onto the point about this blog post.
So with this in mind, here's what I am thinking. With major festivals arguably setting up worse line ups than say 5 years ago and before. This begs the question of, if you're going, who are you going to see? You're certainly not going to be going to the main artists because they're boring...so, you naturally go to other tents, discover new artists. This is where it might be better for new and emerging artists to apply and get onto the scene of the major festivals now more than ever!
I know this wouldn't be on a grand scale, but this definitely would be something of a substitute for the festivals goers who are disappointed with the major line up. This could flock more audiences away from big stages and to more intimate grounds. Plus with the whole 'save our independent music venues' being a major topic currently, this might help. If you see an unknown artist at a festival and really enjoyed their set, you're likely to go see them in the future afterwards. Of which they'll probably play an independent venue, which would mean more ticket sales.
It's very much in the grand scheme of things per se, but I like to think optimisticly and this definitely got me thinking in a more positive light about the whole situation of the major artists and the downgrade in quality.
Here's to smaller artists, smaller venues and a much better time being in the audience !
Ta Rah x