Episode #45: The Fate of the Festival

by The Future of What

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Despite the music industry’s economic downturn, more and more music festivals have popped up and many continue to thrive. Because of the booming demand for tickets, live performances have become a vital revenue stream for many artists. But have we hit “peak festival”? Mainstays like Coachella and Lollapalooza have become increasingly corporate, and independently-run festivals contend that competition for is a huge issue in planning their events. We talk to three indie festival organizers, Nick Blasko (Rifflandia), Bob Babisch (Summerfest) and Zale Schoenborn (Pickathon), about the fate of their business and alternative festival models.


Nick Blasko (Rifflandia)
Bob Babisch (Summerfest)
Zale Schoenborn (Pickathon)


Jeff Hanson "Your Only Son"
Two Ton Boa "Ms. Fix It"
The Everyothers "Too Far"
Delta 5 "Mind Your Own Business"


released July 8, 2016



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A radio program about the music and recording industry for industry insiders, outsiders, and outliers. Hosted by Kill Rock Stars president, Portia Sabin.

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