The way forward for music festivals is likely to be inside video video games

If you’re a music fan – and because you’re studying NME it’s greater than seemingly you’re – you’ve in all probability spent this unusual, unprecedented summer time that has simply handed mourning the absence of festivals.

“It’s felt so empty,” sighs Andy Copping, Government President of UK Touring at international music promotion behemoth Dwell Nation. “The UK summer time is often stuffed with festivals with one thing occurring virtually each weekend from the top of Could till the center of September. This yr there was nothing…”

Festivals that Dwell Nation promote embrace Latitude, Reading & Leeds and Wireless – all of which had been postponed this summer time. The competition that Copping personally books and promotes, Obtain, scheduled to happen in early June, was one of many first festivals to be canned due to the pandemic.

And but it wouldn’t be true to say that there haven’t been any festivals this yr. Those which have taken place have been, without delay, thrilling, progressive, emotional…

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