Earlier this week, Yougov told us that already bleak-looking festival attendance figures were set to slide by another 19% in 2013.
Yet on the same day, Kilimanjaro’s Stuart Galbraith joked that there was no need for the ‘Emergency Board Meeting’ themed panel on which he appeared at the UK Festival conference - with other festival panelists similarly optimistic (although never complacent) about the future.
The comments and stats come following a difficult year of cancelled events – some due to extreme weather conditions, others due to poor ticket sales.
The survey cited reasons for not attending festivals in 2013 include: events being overcrowded and being too expensive, yet, Glastonbury sold out in record time – despite not one act being announced for the line up – and Kendal Calling early bird tickets last week did the same.
Do you think the future looks bleak for the festival scene, or have a series of unfortunate events equated to one-off bad year? Answer our poll below…
Picture: Peter Corkhill. (L-R): Jon Drape, Stuart Galbraith, Tony Scott, Andy Redhead and Rob da Bank