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Tagung: “Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures”

Es muss noch viel mehr karnevalisiert werden. Das denkt sich auch die Tagung, die am Freitag, den 13. Juni, an der Universität von Salford stattfindet.

Weitere Informationen:

“Guest speakers:

· Dr Gina Arnold, Stanford University, USA, author of Route 666: On the
Road to Nirvana, Kiss This: Punk in the Present Tense

· Alan Lodge, independent photographer and festival activist, discusses
some of his classic images from 1970s free festivals and 1980s/1990s
free party scene.

Other contributors include:

· Dr Nick Gebhardt, Birmingham City University

· Dr Roxanne Yeganegy, Leeds Metropolitan University

· Prof George McKay, University of Salford

· Dr Anne Dvinge, University of Copenhagen

· Dr Mark Goodall, Bradford University

· Prof Andrew Dubber, Birmingham City University

. Dr Emma Webster, Oxford Brookes

. Dr Ben Halligan, Salford

. Prof Robert Kronenburg, Liverpool University.

… Newport. Beaulieu. Monterey. Notting Hill. Woodstock. Glastonbury.
Nimbim. Roskilde. Reading. Stonehenge. Castlemorton. Love Parade.
Burning Man… Popular music festivals are one of the strikingly
successful and enduring features of seasonal popular cultural
consumption for young people and older generations of enthusiasts.
Notwithstanding the annual declaration of the ‘death of festival’, a
dramatic rise in the number of music festivals in the UK and around the
world has been evident as festivals become a pivotal economic driver in
the popular music industry. In 2010, there were over 700 music festivals
in Britain alone, and it is estimated that three million people attend
music festivals a year. Today’s festivals range from the massive to
community and ‘boutique’ events.

The festival has become a key feature of the contemporary music
industry’s commercial model, and one of major interest to young people
as festival-goers themselves and as students. But the pop festival also
has a radical past in the counterculture, a utopian strand in
alternative living, some antagonistic anti-authoritarian history, an
increasingly mediated other presence, as well as a strong current
ethical identity. In the community/communitas of festival,
interpretations vary from Temporary Autonomous Zone to festival as
pollutant of the rural, from celebration to destruction of the genius loci.

To mark the start of the summer festival season, we have organised this
event. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss and explore the
significance of music festival cultures. In part the event presents work
in progress from the forthcoming collection The Pop Festival: History,
Music, Media, Culture (McKay ed., Bloomsbury, 2015). But we may also
have some space for other current researchers in the field to share
their work too—please do get in touch, soon. The day will be of interest
across disciplines, from Popular Music, Media and Cultural Studies,
Performance, Film, History, Sociology, American Studies, Business,
Tourism and Leisure, Organisation Studies. And it will be of interest to
festival organisers and festival-goers, too, as well as music media.

Registration and further information

This is a free event, as part of the AHRC Connected Communities
Programme. It is organised by Prof George McKay, Connected Communities
Leadership Fellow (g.a.mckay@salford.ac.uk).

However advance registration is essential—contact Dr Deborah Woodman,
conference administrator, d.woodman@salford.ac.uk, +44 (0)161 295 5876,
for registration and all enquiries.

Further information is at http://georgemckay.org/festivals/symposium-2014/.


“I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm
I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land
I’m going to try and get my soul free.”
Joni Mitchell, ‘Woodstock’ (1970)

Prof George McKay
AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme
University of Salford, MediaCityUK
Manchester M50 2HE, UK
t +44 (0)779 1077 074″

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