Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The boutique options

I had a look at a couple of smaller festivals – in size and price – in the paper on Friday. It was chiefly about Castle Palooza and Indiependence, but with mentions too for Le Cheile, Glasgowbury and KnockanStockan. Besides …

Mon, Jun 22, 2009, 14:03

   

I had a look at a couple of smaller festivals – in size and price – in the paper on Friday. It was chiefly about Castle Palooza and Indiependence, but with mentions too for Le Cheile, Glasgowbury and KnockanStockan.

Besides their ticket prices, all five feature largely homegrown bills (although Indiependence has Ocean Colour Scene and Super Furry Animals as headliners) and they’re also fests who have been slogging away for a number of years in various guises.

At a time when a couple of other players in the game have decided to sit this year out, it is heartening to see these smaller fests having a pop. Some might say that they’re a little mad, but I think you’ll find that little bit of madness in all promoters. Putting on a live music event where success is subject to the vagaries and foibles of the gig-going public has always been a risky bet, but it’s even more so at a time when wage-packets are that little bit lighter thanks to the government’s new raft of levies and taxes. The next couple of months are going to be very interesting for all live music players, big and small.

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