The music festival business has taken a lot of hits of late, with many well-established brands bighting the dust. Big Day Outs have become better spent indoors at home, Peats Ridge hit a flat spot, and in the US and the UK things have been similarly dire. For every Glastonbury, there are a dozen other failures around the British Isles in terms of music festivals. Many promoters and organisers of music festivals blame the glut of events which followed the mega success of some of these happenings. Too much of a good thing has, possibly, poisoned the business.
World’s Biggest Music Festivals In 2017
These things are big bikkies, with the Isle of Wight festival costing some 10 million pounds to stage and not always getting into the black at its conclusion. Security alone at these big events can cost a million pounds. Sponsorship is a must for these festivals to pay for themselves and be able to keep going in the longer term. In Sydney, Australia, the Field Day attracted around 28 000 attendees; and was in the news for the number of drug related arrests made by police. The party atmosphere was reported to be a big success and revellers were reasonably well behaved according to police sources.
Lollapalooza continues to be a big event in the US, and will feature The Killers, the Cure, Mumford & Sons, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Eric Church and Steve Aoki, this year in August. Other topline music festivals in the US include: Made In America in Philadelphia (all that brotherly love folks), Outside Lands in San Francisco, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Austin City Limits, the Newport Folk Festival and Firefly in Dover, Delaware. Coachella in Indio, California is fast becoming an institution on the music festival calendar. The clean up crew will be busy this year.
In Oz, the BigSound Festival rocks Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for the 16th year. Sounds of the Suburbs at Sutherland Carpark returns in Sydney’s south. At the Gold Coast, Queensland, Bondstock Music Festival entertains at the NightQuarter in 2107. The Wave Rock Weekender is on at Wave Rock Caravan Park. The Airlie Beach Music Festival is three days of magical music in a sublime setting. SummerSalt 2107 rocks Margaret River in Western Australia. There are many great music festivals to attend in 2017 in the Great Southern Land. The world’s biggest music festivals in 2017 will continue to attract the young and the young at heart for some great party action.