Friday, October 19, 2018

Sound management and organisational dischord

Want to know how to organise a music festival? Simple: pay attention to the posts in Drowned In Sound's How To Organise A Music Festival series - the latest of which finds Simon Bailey of promoters Future Perfect talking about how he has managed to put together such a stupendously good line-up for tomorrow's Ritual Union event in Oxford. Mercury nominee Nadine Shah, experimental noise-rock titans Gnod, up-and-coming Cardiff crew Boy Azooga, psych queen Jane Weaver, the unmissable Madannatron and Brooke Bentham, who stole the show at Soccer Mommy's recent Clwb Ifor Bach gig, are all on the bill.

Want to know how not to organise a music festival? Simple: read this NME piece by Elizabeth Aubrey, which details a litany of disasters, disappointments and miseries - everything from bar queues to security to sound issues to VIP areas. Many of the larger festivals clearly put profits before punters. It's not impossible to run a large-scale festival well, though - see Green Man every year.

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