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Another festival bites the dust

This time, it’s the Transmission festival in Kufstein, Austria which is putting up the shutters and handing back the cash. The festival, which would have featured Mogwai, Spiritualized, Talvin Singh, Efterklang, Cornelius, Why?, Milosh and a couple of Irish acts …

Thu, Jul 3, 2008, 08:31

   

This time, it’s the Transmission festival in Kufstein, Austria which is putting up the shutters and handing back the cash.

The festival, which would have featured Mogwai, Spiritualized, Talvin Singh, Efterklang, Cornelius, Why?, Milosh and a couple of Irish acts (The Jimmy Cake, Halves, Donal Dineen), is blaming “lower than expected presales and budgetary concerns” for the cancellation. A three-day ticket for the event was €95.

Add this one to a couple of cancelled fests in Britain earlier this year (including the Wax:On Live fest in Leeds which blamed the “credit crunch”) and it’s obvious that the demand for all these festivals may just not be there.

UPDATE On a similar note, there’s an interesting post on live music promoter Harvey Goldsmith’s blog about whether there are just too many festivals on at the moment and, just as importantly, where the next wave of festival headliners and super-groups are going to come from (Tip of the hat to Record of the Day for the link)