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Germany an 'island of bliss' for music festivals

The Local · 26 May 2012, 13:16

Published: 26 May 2012 13:16 GMT+02:00

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“Germany is an island of bliss when it comes to festivals,” said Michael Russ, the president of the German Concert Management Association. “You don’t find the variety and spectrum anywhere else in Europe,” he said.

And there is strong demand in Germany for music festivals of all kinds. One example: The “Rock on the Ring” festival in Nürnberg, opening in early June, sold out weeks ago, he said. Every year hundreds of thousands of people in Germany make a pilgrammage to campgrounds in front of concert stages to hear music for days on end.

But industry experts avoid calling the situation a boom, noting that it is harder and harder to put on a music festival and the growth areas are in cities and in niche markets, like indie or electronic music.

There is a danger, though, for artists of a proliferation of music festivals. “When I introduce an artist to an open air festival then he is not so interesting next year for an indoor concert,” Ross said.

Experts warn that not all festivals bring in a lot of money, but the big ones do. The sold-out “Rock on the Ring” festival is drawing 160,000 fans who each paid €170 for the event.

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Your comments about this article

15:29 May 26, 2012 by kan-san
Just don't try to enjoy any of that diverse music through YouTube... right GEMA!!!??!
18:01 May 26, 2012 by MrPC
Good for GEMA. If Youtube wants to use content they need to pay for it.
19:26 May 26, 2012 by The-ex-pat
The problem with GEMA is that they block content that they have no rights to. Try viewing official released videos from American and UK artists on Youtube and GEMA have had them blocked on the grounds that "maybe" they are copyrighted material.
20:20 May 26, 2012 by lucksi
Any chance this is due to the fact that a ring tone is considered a public performance thanks to some geniuses at the GEMA?

Yes, they really tried that.
20:28 May 26, 2012 by MrPC
So sue them.
21:12 May 26, 2012 by kan-san
^^You better hope they don't let us start suing people for thier stupid ideas...
09:28 May 27, 2012 by Englishted

Trouble is they block everything many of which are nothing to do with them .

Which may account for the not so super German music scene and total rubbish radio.
09:51 May 27, 2012 by catjones
germans love big arena gatherings plus, as noted once again, they do things bigger and better than anyone else.
12:51 May 27, 2012 by MrPC
@ Englishted

The pop scene is total rubbish these days anyway so you're not missing a thing.

@ kan-san

Is that all you got?
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