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Best European Music Festivals

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  1. Glastonbury festival

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

This festival gets over well over 130000 people attending it. Usually taking place in 22nd – 24th June or any suitable date on the last week of June, the festival usually takes place in Pilton in the United Kingdom. It was launched in September 1970 and has seen its attendance increasingly growing over the years. Organized by Glastonbury Festivals limited, the annual festival attracts performers such as Coldplay, Beyonce, Florence the machine, the chemical brothers, Pharell Williams and The Who among many more, each playing their own music genre although house and rock music are played the most. The three or five day event attracts people from all over the world and is surely a must attend festival for anyone.

  1. Isle Of White’

http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/

This may be the best European music festival for rock fans. The event takes place on the first half of June and attracts about 60,000 enthusiasts from all over the world. It was started in 1968, but then became inactive after some time. The festival was launched back again in 2002 and to and has been an attraction since then. Tickets to the event normally get sold out for all the three days. It occurs annually in Seaclose park, England. Artists that have graces the event over the years include Pink, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, The Script among many more.

  1. FIB – Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

http://fiberfib.com/

The FIB festival is one of Spain’s biggest music festival. Taking place in the town of Benicàssim, Spain, the festival features most music genres such as pop, indie and rock music. The event is not a music only festival as other activities such as theatre and film do take place there. Some of the artists who have graced the event include Florence & the machine, The Prodigy among many more. Started in 1995, the festival takes place in the second week of July and lasts for four days. One is assures to have a lot of fun and listen to good music in this festival.

  1. The Roskilde festival.

http://en.m.wikipedia,org/wiki/Roskilide_Festival

This is the biggest event in Denmark that attracts huge crowds from different diversified cultures. Originally named the Sound Festival, the event began in 1971 and has immensely grown since then. As its name suggests, it takes place in Roskilde, Denmark. Anyone can attend this festival as a wide range of different music genres are played in it such as Rock music, alternative rock, reggae, hip hop, indie, world and electronic music. Some popular artists who have graced the festival include Pharell Williams, Florence & The machine, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder not to mention but a few. The event is mainly held to raise funds for charity.

  1. Berlin Festival

http://www.berlinfestival.de/en.html

Germany is known for its rich culture and the country manifests this through Germans biggest music festival, the Berlin festival. It takes place in berlin as the name sells it out at Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The event takes place in September and plays music genres from rock an electronic dance music. The two day annual event started in 2005 and gets up to 20,000 attendance.

  1. Tomorrowland

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrowland_(festival)

This is undoubtedly the world’s most renowned music festival. It was just started in 2005 and has since then attracts very large crowds of electronic music lovers. The festival is held at Boom Belgium, Georgia USA and in ITU Brazil. Up to 180,000 tickets sell out within one day of the festival’s announcement. The dates for the event usually change so one has to wait for it to be announced. The biggest of this festival saw up to two million people attend it. The festival also awards the best international dance music. Some of the DJs and artistes to have performed in this event include David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell.

  1. Exit

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_(festival)

This is the best music festival in the world and has even got awards for itself. It takes place during the summer between 9th to 12th July in Novi Sad, Serbia. The festival fuses all kinds of music genres including rock, hip hop, electronic dance, electronica, Punk, Bass and heavy metal. This makes the event all rounded and can be attended by any music lover. It began in 2000 and to date, about 200,000 people attend the four day event. Snoop Dogg, Lilly Allen, Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and The Bad Seeds are among the artists and bands to have performed at the event.

The Future of the Music Industry

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There is no doubt about it: the music industry is not what it used to be, and that should be obvious even to the people who have not really examined the data. There was a time not so long ago in which there would be a studio album that everyone and their elderly grandmother would be discussing. Today, there are few artists who are able to actually get that far into the consciousness of the general public. However, many other, smaller artists are now able to achieve the sort of following that they never would have had twenty years ago, in a world where only a few people ever made it and countless people were willing to practically die trying.

Streaming

People now listen to music through video streaming more than through anything else. Either they stream the music that they want to listen to on websites like Spotify or YouTube, or Pandora finds a lot of great new songs for them. Many people are going to be listening to these songs everywhere on their smartphones or other exciting new devices.

The old days of actually producing large and cumbersome vinyl records seem like they were centuries ago instead of decades ago, and compact disks seem nearly as old as that. People no longer really pay for entire albums. They will stream additional songs, but they are not going to pay for a bunch of songs in order to get the songs that they like.

Record label companies would once more or less pressure their musicians to write additional songs to fill out an album, even if those songs were going to be of low quality compared to the ones that everyone was really going to listen to and the ones that were actually going to be able to make the overall album genuinely popular. There is less of a reason for this development today, since people are going to be streaming individual songs. The songs belong to everyone now and there is less of a sense that people are ever going to be able to own the songs themselves.

Crowd Funding

Obscure musicians manage to make it onto the scene because they are able to get their potential fans to fund them in the beginning. A huge portion of exciting new musicians have managed to break onto the scene that way. They have managed to build up enough of a following by offering music for free on places like YouTube, and then they pay for their next albums using the techniques of crowd funding. From there, they can be popular and famous musicians in a way that might have rivaled some of the smaller celebrities years ago.

Music sales from the mainstream music producers have been falling for more than ten years. This seems like a mega-trend rather than a response to economic problems, especially since this particular problem managed to precede the Great Recession, and sales of entertainment products have a tendency to actually increase during economic crises of all kinds. Crowd funding is going to be the model of the future if present trends continue.

Part of the value of crowd funding is the simple fact that it manages to effortlessly solve one of the main problems that has been threatening the music industry for more than two decades: piracy. People cannot pirate music that has not been released yet or that is not even in the making. Piracy is a way of getting around the fees for a song that already exists. When people seek out their fans themselves and the fans pay for the music to get made in the first place, that situation is going to be completely different.

Efforts to curb piracy have largely failed. If anything, piracy has only become more of a problem since digital piracy was first identified decades ago. With new technological advances, it isn’t going away. The old business model of the music industry seems to have been one that was killed by piracy and the passage of time and technology. Streaming and crowd funding could put an end to all of that, although these twin practices will completely alter what is left of the traditional music industry.

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2015/12/23/big-data-taylor-swift-and-the-future-of-the-music-industry/#2715e4857a0b790eb5191009

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jun/17/can-fan-campaigns-reinvent-the-music-industry-kickstarter-crowdfunding

http://crowdfundbeat.com/2013/06/06/crowdfunding-disrupts-the-music-industry/