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Where Are The Festival Headliners Of Tomorrow?

With many events and too few headliners, are festivals doomed?

At the end of May, Harvey Goldsmith said what a lot of people had long been thinking. Speaking at the Hay literary festival, the veteran promoter who put on Live Aid and has worked with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Iron Maiden suggested that the era of the music festival was drawing to end. The problem, he insists, is that there are now too many festivals and, crucially, there aren’t enough big-name bands to appear at them to draw in the crowds.

“That is a big, big problem in our industry,” he said. “And we are not producing a new generation of these kind of acts – the likes of the Rolling Stones or Muse – that can headline.”

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