Harvey Goldsmith, one of the most popular rock promoters in the world, said that Glastonbury Festival was in danger of being “over,” if they couldn’t find big enough acts to headline their infamous Pyramid Stage.
According to Goldsmith, over 900 music events took place in the UK last festival season, but with everyone racing to book the same top acts, it’s become increasingly difficult to book legendary acts.
“That is a big, big problem in our industry. And we are not producing a new generation of these kind of acts – the likes of the Rolling Stones, Muse, even Arctic Monkeys – that can headline.”
The festival season has truly peaked and with the increasing number of festivals, especially those EDM fests acquiring new locations every year such as Tomorrowland, EDC and Ultra, it is hard for festivals to book major headliners that are to grab the people’s attention! And with smaller festivals also competing (as well as livestreaming), fans have become choosy in which festivals they attend, causing ticket sales to drop.
We suggest you fulfil that festival bucket list of yours soon, before the really good fests die out!