Festival Organisers Warned

Expensive acts could lead to the death of small festivals.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) - who help arrange Green Man, Eden Sessions, and Get Loaded In The Park- insist many headline artists demand too much money to appear on the bill of outdoor music events, driving ticket prices higher, sparking fears they will be undersold and ending up cancelled.

But co-founder of AIF, Ben Turner said: "Prices for talent increases and increases and increases every single year. I think it's something that agents, managers and artists need to be more aware of, that these festivals that they supposedly love, they need to show some support for that. There comes a point where a promoter has to go, 'Do you know what? I'm not going to pay that far'."

Ben admitted to BBC 6 Music that some acts will charge up to £1 million for a performance and that organisers for big festivals need to stop spending so much or smaller festivals will have to close.

Last year, UK festival revenue was an estimated £130 million.

Despite AIF's warning, performers insist they are worth the money as they will always attract big crowds.

Florence and the Machine star Florence Welch said: "Live I think is still where as an artist you can make decent money. There's a real upsurge in people wanting to see live bands at the moment and people wanting to go to festivals. So promoters are willing to pay for bands to come because there's a real demand for it, which is great."


Contactmusic

Tags: Florence and the Machine - Florence Welch

Advertisement

More Florence And The Machine

British Music Embassy Returns To Sxsw 2014 Full Artist Lineups Announced

The British Music Embassy has finalized the lineup for its 7th year of epic UK music discovery in Austin! The upcoming 2014 edition of the...

Armed with Tequila, Florence Welch Crashes Cover Band's Soundcheck [Video]

Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, was in a partying mood last Friday night (July 19, 2013) - that's for sure.The singer was in...

Jay Z's "$100 Bill" Is The Perfect Track To Capture The Empty Splendor Of The Jazz Age

Maybe Jay Z isn’t the typical name you’d expect to see on the soundtrack of a film set in the 20s, but after the initial...

John Legend Would Love To Duet With Beyonce in Aid of Women's Rights

John Legend is excited to team up with Beyonce for a London concert, endorsing Chime for Change – a charity, aimed at helping girls and...

Advertisement

Various Artists - 'Dermot O'Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013' Album Review

Using a tried-and-tested formula of acoustic versions and covers, this most recent instalment of the series sees further performances for Dermot O'Leary's radio show now...

NME Awards 2013: Highlights, Winners and Sinners

The stars filed in to London’s Troxy last night (Wed, 27) for The NME Awards 2013. As ever, it was a night of nonchalant...

55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail to Impress

Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'....

Dermot O'leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013

Exclusive Dermot O'leary Saturday Sessions Featuring Emeli Sande, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, The Maccabees, The Xx, Plan B, Ben Howard, Robbie Williams...

Advertisement

Comments

Florence and the Machine Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Florence and the Machine

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All