Re: Life is Good taking a pause ... :(
posted at 8/14/2014 11:37 AM EDT
In response to DougIrwin's comment:
I noticed that Live Nation (Clear Channel AKA The Devil) has made an aggressive comeback booking more and more shows this year in particular at the smaller/mid sized outdoor ampitheaters, which may have something to do with it.
I noticed it down here where there are two nice small/mid size ampitheaters within 20 minutes of one another, but all the more high profile bands are booked at the crappier venue, which just so happens to be controlled by Live Nation.
^That is why I, and likely anyone who cares about music, did not want that merger between Clear Channel and Ticketmaster to go through. It would make it easier for them to manuever. So Clear Channel's division of promotional bookings and ownership of the bigger ampitheaters made a slight name change and then merged with Ticketmaster to try to confuse things.
They can guarantee more money up front to the artist. It's a clear cut answer as to why the much better venues that hold similar capacities, end up losing out. They can't compete.
If people are spending money on those acts on their own/not at festivals, with them on their own headlining tours, it squeezes out these kinds of smaller/mid tier festivals
Life Is Good is one of those that needs a regular set of acts that come every year to keep it going and if they don't get that, it can be enough to shut it down.
Maybe they just need a better booking agent? I don't know, it's very likely money which it always is.
I would not be surprised if there's a "corporate" reason for this, but LIG is very protective of their "brand", I imagine, so there isn't going to be any "big reveal" as to why they cancelled. For all I know, the farm space where they usually have the festival decided to charge them more $$$ to use the field, and they couldn't afford it. It could be anything.
They did have some repeat acts at the festival, esp. early in the day for kids. But the headliners were distinctive, and for a home-grown festival, they were astoundingly good.
I agree that Clear Channel is the devil (haha), for sure. It's another scheme to make everything generic, and be controlled for the lowest common denominator of taste. In fact, a radio station here that was pretty decent changed OVERNIGHT to a country station -- I thought I was on the wrong band, or was hearing things -- and then I heard that it was the brainchild of Clear Channel. ugh.
I did have a thread on the bubble bursting on festivals, and you make a good point that if the corporate types can get artists to perform for way more $$$, at another type of venue, for a single concert, you cannot fault those artists for doing so.