Live scene even more in tents

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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

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