Thanks for writing. I LOVE your idea! Volunteering at festivals is a great way to get to go to your favorite festivals when you are on a budget. I volunteered at festivals all over the country in 2012 and had an absolute blast. The best part about it is you not only meet other people, you actually get to know these people because you spend a few hours volunteering together and you really become friends which.
The International Music Festival Conference, IMFCON, is coming up December 8th-11th in Austin, Texas. IMFCON brings together executives from every aspect of the festival world. You will meet production companies, labels, agents, ticketing companies, talent bookers, music websites, sponsors, and every other kind of company you can imagine. The best part about this conference is the people. When you think about it, if someone started a music festival or some other company within the music industry, they are probably a really awesome person. IMFCON is a conference with 400 really awesome people all in one place. Add in lots of open bar mixers and you have yourself a party.
Here is the IMFCON promo version. There is even a quote from yours truly.
Here is my review of last year's IMFCON.
Everyone who is, or wants to be, in the festival industry needs to go. If you are a festival, your attendance should be mandatory so you can continue to provide the best festival experience possible for your deserving and paying attendees. By not sending a representative of your organization to IMFCON, you are saying that your festival is perfect the way it is and that there is nothing left for you to learn about throwing successful music festivals. I have yet to go to a perfect festival, so you should be confident that yours isn’t either.
Many of my friends on Facebook are doing 30 days of gratitude instead of just the one that is Thanksgiving. I applied this idea to festivals and have been doing my 30 days of festival gratitude. People seem to be liking it so I figured I would post it here as well. Enjoy!
One of the highlights of this fun filled festival season was getting to know Griz and his partner in crime/tour manager Ben. They are two of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. Griz has been blowing up the last couple years thanks to the fact that his sound is one that you can't get enough of and the fact that he is one of the best life shows you will ever see. Griz is a really intelligent guy and wise beyond his years and it shows through in his music. You can see what I mean in this interview that I did with my friend Kora for her website www.BettyAndKora.com. Make sure to download Griz's new album, Rebel Era, and check his schedule to see if his tour is coming your way.
Here is the interview.
As festival season is winding down, I've been thinking more and more about establishing some sort of guidelines that every festival goer should follow in order to improve the festival experience for everyone. Burning Man does this with their 10 Principles and having stated rules helps everyone in attendance stay on the same page. The principles allow you to remind people that are acting outside the stated principles that it's not how we do things here.
I'm totally aware that festivals are a place that lots of people go to to get away from rules. The freedom of doing whatever you want for the weekend is a big part of the fun. I'm not against this at all. What needs to be clear is that what you do at a festival effects the people around you. What you bring to festivals effects the environment. Your freedom is your responsibility.
Date: October 3rd-5th and 10th-12th
Location: Austin, Texas (my favorite city)
Size: Approximately 80,000 for 2 weekends
Years Running: 11
Austin City Limits is not like any other festival I have been to. What makes it so different? The answer is going to sound kind of funny, but it actually changes the entire experience.
That’s right, Austin City Limits allows its patrons to bring in chairs into the festival. This simple difference makes ACL a much more family oriented festival than its other mega festival brethren (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc.). Family oriented normally means lots of children, but in this case it actually means parents and grandparents. By offering an older crowd a comfy place to sit, ACL has created an annual gathering for families to enjoy live music together. Tapping into this crowd allows ACL to sell out both weekends when they might not have been able to otherwise if selling only to the 18 to 30 crowd.