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Friday, August 1st 2008, 3:25am

Festivals

In Europe, there's a festival circuit for any genre you can think of. Like goth, ebm, and synthi? Funk and soul? Alt-rock? Indie and britpop? Dark metal and mittelages? Latin American music? Whatever your scene, there are half a dozen major festivals and a dozen smaller ones every summer, where you can see everyone from the biggest bands in the genre to classic bands reuniting for the first time since 1990 to Front 242* to interesting new bands.

In America, while a dozen or so of the major alt-rock radio stations do run alt-rock festivals, and most years there's a touring festival ala Lollapalooza or Warped, there's really nothing in other genres. At least nothing bigger than 200-1000 people.

Why is that? Is it just too far and too expensive to get from festival to festival? Is the European summer festival season just so firmly established that no bands would bother missing it to play in America? Or does America just suck?

* For some reason, Front 242 are playing the biggest goth/ebmfestival, the biggest funk festival, one of the biggest alt-rock festivals, and two of the biggest indie festivals--and that's just in August. How long before they're on the bill for the big classic rock festival in between Jethro Tull and Deep Purple?
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Friday, August 1st 2008, 9:59am

America just sucks :D

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Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 7:41pm

yep, america sucks in that regard...WACKEN!!!!!! :D

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Thursday, August 7th 2008, 12:13pm

A few days ago, I was on a train from Germany to Denmark that was chock full of Wacken attendees going home. This happened three times:

Nice old Danish lady sees my black t-shirt and says, "Oh, were you just at the big festival?"

Passing-by metalhead sees that my t-shirt says "Freezepop Forever" and chuckles.

Nice old lady gives him a "What's so funny?" look.

Metalhead smirks at me and says, "It's a secret heavy metal joke."
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Monday, August 25th 2008, 11:28pm

I think the many festivals in Europe sound awesome.

America has some really sold out festivals.

Download is truely horrible and commercial.

But England has got the worst festivals ever.

I cannot believe I am saying this phrase but some are eek 'Preppy Festivals' I think.

Like the horrifyng V or others.



Maybe it is just the presentation on tv.

Or maybe they are as bad as they look.

I am not a festival person.

I do not buy tickets to concerts either because I cannot afford it and I really do not care that much anyway.

Not enough to buy them anyway.

But even I would be interested if there were festivals for every possible genre.
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Friday, November 28th 2008, 12:38am

The British festival scene has gone seriously downhill the last few years ..... With th exception of Hard Rock Hell and Bloodstock ...

Wacken tends to be THE event of the year ..... nothings tops the european festivals .....
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Tuesday, December 2nd 2008, 8:13pm

Balls to it all! ROCK IN RIO!!!! :D
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Sunday, January 11th 2009, 1:04am

You guys might want to look into it a little more before spouting off. Here's a quick rundown of some of the festivals from last summer. And this doesn't even count Coachella, CMJ, SXSW, Northwest Music Festival and every weekend has dozens of smaller rock, folk and bluegrass festivals around the country.
http://www.salon.com/ent/music/feature/2…usic_festivals/

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Friday, May 15th 2009, 9:24am

this is actually quite an interesting thread... :)
my experience with american festivals is absolutely none. Nevertheless i reckon that the US have a bigger Big-Tour tradition than Europe. Much of the music being produced today is made in the US, for bands outside the country, a north america tour is usually a good sign for their musical career: bigger venues, bigger crowds, more money (of course not always)
The huge festival offer in europe makes artists and their teams fully concentrate on the summer season, not only is the promotion huge, but also the fee is reasonably inflated. on top of that, the range of festival-offer is so wide that a very neat festival tour throught the old continent can be easily organized. In a nutshell, i would say that the US sticks to a more winter touring tradition, and european festivals guarantee for a lively musical summer.

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Friday, May 15th 2009, 5:41pm

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Much of the music being produced today is made in the US, for bands outside the country, a north america tour is usually a good sign for their musical career: bigger venues, bigger crowds, more money (of course not always)


I totally disagree with you. You have a huge alternative music production in Europe. Most of my favorite bands are european bands from germany, finland, belgium. Only France is trying to copy R'n'B, rap style and have visibly somme difficulties with alternative music or sound.
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Tuesday, May 19th 2009, 4:59pm

U are right indeed, but the US market is such a big one, such a powerful one...it does usually mean a big step for many bands. Nevertheless this power rarely means quality. The fingers in my hand are more than enough to count the american bands i hear/like. Moreover the musical reality here in europe is probably little known in the US, dont u think?

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