Opinion: Carry on camping?

Opinion: Carry on camping?

The format of new Scottish festival TRNSMT says much about where the festival industry is a right now or, more pointedly, where it is heading. 

Headlined by Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, it's a line-up very much in the spirit of T In The Park.

Whether it ends up being a replacement for T remains to be seen (organiser DF Concerts has suggested the events could co-exist in the future), but what is known for sure is that it wouldn't be like for like, as the city centre TRNSMT continues the shift away from traditional camping music festivals.

Indeed, the three-day Glasgow Green event reflects a growing trend towards urban, city spectaculars such as Slam Dunk Festival, Live At Leeds, Tramlines, Parklife, Bristol Downs and Dot To Dot. Fans can enjoy a full day of music in a central location and then - crucially - go home to their own beds - preferable, to many, to spending the night in a tent in a (most likely) muddy field. 

They get great line-ups too - British Summer Time Hyde Park has The Killers, Kings Of Leon and Green Day, Parklife has The 1975 and Frank Ocean, Tramlines boasts The Libertines and Metronomy, and the food and drink options have raised the bar across the board. 

So does this all mean the age-old tradition of camping festivals is on its way out? Not quite. Glastonbury, Reading and a few others will surely keep that fire burning, but the rite of passage doesn't seem to be as strong as it once was. Perhaps we're all just going soft in our old age? I mean, glamping, really...

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