How do the promoters of independent UK music festivals organise and implement events?

Hagan, Daniel (2019) How do the promoters of independent UK music festivals organise and implement events? Doctoral thesis, University of West London.

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Abstract

The promoters of music festivals form part of an under-researched and somewhat neglected topic in the academic literature. Focus on events has largely centred on the needs and motivations of audiences, and on the consumption of festivals within a participatory culture. The emphasis in music studies has also been concentrated on the recorded music industry, with the live sector often viewed as a secondary or less important area of study, despite the continued growth of the music festival industry. This thesis, therefore, redresses the balance in both these related areas, by exploring the practices and motivations of the behind-the-scenes promoters who organise and implement these social and cultural events. The thesis looks first at the structures of the contemporary music industry and the place of independent UK music festivals in the live music ecology. It then considers, through the phenomenological perspective of the promoters, how music festivals are organised through a web of social, economic and political relations and initiatives, and argues for the key role of the promoters in the production and distribution of these experiential goods. Finally, it considers the individual practices and motivations of the festival promoters as the mediators of physical and social spaces, and questions the effects of implementing events on their mental health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Performing arts > Music concerts
Music
Depositing User: Camille Regnault
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 13:43
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 13:43
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6608

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