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Festival Forum: Fan first?

Festival Forum: Fan first?

Room 2 | 15:30 – 16:45 | Wednesday

Chairs: Codruța Vulcu, ARTmania (RO)
& Dany Hassenstein, Paléo Festival (CH)

With ticket prices up but the number of sell outs down in 2018, are audiences falling out of love with festivals? It’s fair to say that the fan experience at summer events can vary wildly these days, as does the range of festivals on offer. But from havens for likeminded free spirits, to experiential days out for the wealthy, is the festival market giving fans what they want or deserve? Or, in the clamour to claw back ever-escalating artist fees and turn a profit, are festivals in danger of turning off their patrons?

This year’s Festival Forum pulls together the available data and market reports to identify the state of play, before chairs Codruța and Dany ask what’s next.

Guest speakers include:
Ari Bernstein, ICM Partners (US)
Jim King, AEG Presents (UK)
Sophie Lobl, C3 Presents (US)
Nara Pinto, Mad Cool Festival (ES)