The UK's independent festival industry faces collapse due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic without government aid, a new report has shown.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which represents 65 events including Boomtown, Bluedot and Field Day, reports that 92% of its members now face costs that could destroy their business due to cancellation.
Music festivals may be able to take place and nightclubs may reopen in the Republic of Ireland as soon as August, if the country’s five-phase coronavirus lockdown de-escalation goes according to plan.
While capacity restrictions and social distancing measures will remain in place, the Irish exit strategy for coronavirus lockdown directly states that events such as festivals could take place by the end of summer, as well as nightclubs and bars being allowed to reopen their doors.
Large gatherings like concerts and festivals are unlikely to return to normal until autumn 2021, at the earliest, according to bioethicist and professor of healthcare management, Zeke Emanuel.
The 'War On Festivals' New South Wales authorities have been waging could be axed following a new inquiry.
The Australian state government's prohibitive licensing regulations, which came into play in February 2019, have been slammed in a new 108-page report delivered by a parliamentary investigation.
Major criticisms of policy included a lack of consultation between ministers and industry figures, 'user-pays policing', an 'inadequate' consultation process and a 'significant cost increase for the music industry'.
Festival season might be nearing an end, but that doesn't mean you can't still relive some of the year's live-streamed highlights, and this week, Awakenings have you covered.
The Dutch festival, which took place in June, has been releasing a number of highlights from this year's event over the last six weeks or so, and the latest of those is Amelie Lens' all-out techno assault.
A new app has been launched which combines your listening habits on Spotify or Deezer to put together your ideal festival line-up.
Take Me Here Festival uses your listening habits to piece together your most listened-to artists before then arranging the names into specific days across two stages.
Live Nation have pledged that five of the biggest UK festivals will go plastic-free by 2021.
The international promoter have confirmed Download, Latitude, Leeds, Reading and Wireless festivals will all have the single-use plastic ban in place by 2021, with a long-term goal of making all Live Nation venues, clubs and concert halls zero-waste by 2030.
Tomorrowland has revealed the trailer for its 2019 festivals, titled The Book of Wisdom. You can watch it below.
The festival will celebrate their 15th anniversary across two weekends, with 16 stages hosted by the likes of Anjunabeats, Crosstown Rebels, Diynamic and Monstercat.
The Tomorrowland main stage will also welcome back The Book Of Wisdom theme, one of the most iconic in the festival's history, with Armin van Buuren, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Don Diablo, Fisher, Oliver Heldens and Nervo set to perform across the two weekends.