Live scene even more in tents
One area that will continue to provide plenty of stories in 2008 will be the Irish live music sector. For a start, next summer will probably see even more outdoor shows and festivals around the country.
While there may be one or two new additions to the macro-festival circuit (it has long been mooted that the Latitude festival will be pitching its tents in Co Westmeath next summer), the real growth will be in smaller, boutique festivals catering to crowds of 5,000 or less. Don’t be surprised if the number of outdoor shows surpasses the 70 events held in 2007.
There will also be continued grumbles about ticket prices. However, with more and more acts giving away their music for free, live music prices will not be falling any time in the near future.
And expect a lot of Live Nation coverage too as they seek to further increase increase their Irish footprint.
Rihanna tribute act at last year’s Electric Picnic