In only it’s second year, Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival has sold out it’s 40,000 tix.
The 2nd annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival hit a milestone Wednesday, selling out tickets in advance – all 40,000 of them. In Okeechobee, businesses are stocked up and ready to go, with many stores piling up gear and supplies as if it were Black Friday. This year there’s even more people coming to town, and for taxpayers that’s a good thing – giving Okeechobee taxpayers a surplus. Via cbs12.com
This coming at a time where industry pundits are wringing their hands over the state of the festival market and opining that the industry has reached it’s saturation point.
In the UK, festival organizers have been struggling with the fact that you can see all of your favorite artists at a variety of festivals all within driving distance. Lot’s of fests with the similar lineups on a relatively small island.
Festival-going in Britain has peaked. That, at least, is the conclusion to which some leapt after several long-established names dropped off this year’s calendar. In 2015 there will be no Sonisphere, no Global Gathering, no Oxegen. Wakestock, RockNess and Wildwood will also be absent. read more at telegraph.co.uk
In the US, where festivals are a relatively newer venture compared to the UK, the business is still reaching equilibrium. Eric Danton over at Paste Magazine wrote a fairly compelling argument that the market here in the US has already reached saturation.
Let’s just come right out and say it: there are too many music festivals. As the outdoor concert season draws ever closer, it’s time to acknowledge that we, as a culture, have reached peak festival. That’s the live-music equivalent of peak oil, the idea that the world will someday, possibly soon, max out on petroleum extraction, followed by irreversible, eventually terminal decline that will make Mad Max: Fury Road look like an episode of Frontline. read more at pastemagazine.com
I believe that Okeechobee is a great example that there is always room for a festival that provides a solid line up and most importantly, a great experience set in a great location. Make sure you have your selfie spots!
Welcome to the 2017 Festival Season… let’s see which promoters get it and survive.