Festivals are being priced out of existence by a government bent on avoiding bad PR. Crikey looks at the chaos in the festival industry.
Two more people are dead at a music festival while denialist politicians refuse to countenance pill-testing. It's stupidity with a grievous toll of young lives lost.
With summer music season upon us, the debate around pill testing has been revived. Should drug users be able to tell if they are consuming what they think they are, or does pill testing encourage drug use? Crikey intern Tamsin Rose reports.
Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.
Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.
Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.
With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?
On the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful island, a feast of world-class music. It sounds like a fantasy, but the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has never been conventional, writes Alison Cotes.
The arts year will be dominated by key themes: the announcement of the National Cultural Policy, the deflation of the music festivals bubble, and fraught times at many smaller companies.