Apr 15, 2016

The day the music aged

The bands at music festivals are getting older and older and older.

Jason Murphy — Journalist and economist

Jason Murphy

Journalist and economist

The line-up for the UK’s Glastonbury music festival came out just the other day. I’m not going to attend (it’s a teensy bit far away), but I checked it out regardless.

What I saw was pretty amazing: a giant line-up of great bands who could easily have played at Glastonbury 1980.

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9 thoughts on “The day the music aged

  1. mikeb

    It’s not surprising that Woodstock would have a lot of “younger” bands in it because music festivals and globally popular acts were still in their infancy. So many acts in modern times are disposable and it’s hard to see where the next “super group” will come from. Just look at the average ages of all the stadium fillers now.

  2. Margot Saville

    Loved this. Fascinating

  3. Bruce Martin

    ” One MacBook and one microphone. Many of them are pop and rap acts, rather than traditional “rock”.”

    Yep, and that’s how the industry prefers to keep it. With this format it’s easier for the music “change agents” aka recording industry to manipulate, coerce and corrupt music direction. The more complex and bigger format rock bands are less likely to fall for the industry marketing dribble. It’s hard to get a recording contract these days unless the lyrics of your songs worship the devil or some other secular icon.

  4. AR

    Woodstock was half a million dumb kids sitting in the mud, waiting to be fed, watered & entertained by grown-ups despite being envisaged as a participatory event, an Arts, Craft & Skills Happening at which people were supposed to … err participate.
    It was the death of the hippie ideal, not the epitome as often claimed by the breadheads who grew like cancers from the remnants.
    Similarly Glastonbury, compare what was the original ideal and aim and look at the megabiz now.
    The only similarity is the eternal mud.

  5. The Old Bill

    Burt Bacharach was one of the headliners for 2015 so that sort of act always skews the figures somewhat. However, in amongst the usual suspects such as Florence and the Machine were Aussie acts like Chet faker and Courtney Barnett, who arn’t really that old.

    I think your demand side argument is the really scary one. I had my first part time job at 14. I got paid adult wage and was expected to perform as an “adult” in the real world. Now we keep everyone at schools and Unis with ever declining standards and expect them to study bogus VET courses such as “Certificate II in Till Management”. If they can get a job to help buy a festival ticket, we pay them slave (junior) wages and complain about lack of motivation.
    Not sure what will happen now we are going down the American path of “intern”, or as I like to think, unpaid slave.

  6. MAC TEZ

    “you can’t get people to pay for the tracks you release, even if they get a million listens on Spotify and SoundCloud.” This is the real problem for new acts and it doesn’t help established acts either.
    The geriatric “rock & roll dinosaurs” continually heading big outdoor gigs can no longer rely on music sales/royalties so must do the tours/festivals or starve.
    Most new acts today are the university educated offspring of the wealthy who can survive without selling a single tune thanks to ma & pa’s investment portfolio .
    The cashed up baby boomers trying to relive their youth can afford to stump up big dollars for old acts they’ve been listening to on high rotation for the past 30 years.

  7. Grunge

    ” The cashed up baby boomers trying to relive their youth can afford to stump up big dollars for old acts they’ve been listening to on high rotation for the past 30 years.”

    Ah yes, the baby boomers. Is there anything in this country they are not guilty of? How dare they be born at the right time and right place. Off with their heads I say. And even worse, let them eat cake.

    Back to the music – I have read where in 1910 the R-thchilds advocated and even granted money to different international music academies and industry groups to change the natural tuning frequency of music from 330 HZ to 440HZ. Apparently, this changed the tone of music to more of a war footing and militarized music in general.

    I know this sounds like fiction, but music is sound-waves and sound-waves present a formidable and penetrable cosmic force. Messing with these music frequencies could cause subliminal consequences. So, there may be elements of truth to it.

    See “Cymatics” for more of the story.

  8. MAC TEZ

    Hello Grunge @ #7, I’m old enough to be called a baby boomer and I agree that getting a good result in the Birth Lottery was in no way my fault. I don’t agree with capital punishment although I do like cake.

  9. MAC TEZ

    I don’t agree with corporal punishment and the ticket prices for some of these gigs are quite punishing on your capital.

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