One festival does not a summer make
The year may be winding down, but the plotting and planning for next summer’s Irish music festivals is in full swing.
Earlybird tickets are already on sale for a rake of events, including the Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, Body & Soul and the Sea Sessions, and line-ups should be confirmed early in 2012.
There are, though, some elephants in the room.
The first is Oxegen. With no confirmation about dates or venues for next year’s event, and we’re still waiting patiently for promoters MCD to respond to our tweeted query a few weeks ago, but there is little doubt there will be some class of Oxegen-like camping festival in 2012.
Oxegen may not be as good or as popular as it once was, but there are always a couple of thousand kids each year eager to pop their festival cherry. To add grist to the mill, a number of UK agents have indicated they’ve received queries from bookers about acts for such a festival.
Another elephant in the room is Ireland’s involvement in Euro 2012. If the team have a good run, this will have an effect on gigs and events in June, with people leaving ticket purchases later and later.
The third elephant in the room is the one wearing a pair of flares and a floppy hat. It’s surprising that there has been no word yet about an Irish show for The Stone Roses. While there have been plenty of rumours and hearsay about Slane and the Phoenix Park, a confirmed venue and date remains elusive.
Add in the slump in live ticket sales and you’ve the makings of another interesting year.
OXEGEN: the elephant in the room