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Pop music festivals and (cultural) policies – New IASPM Journal special issue

In this post, we’re introducing a special issue of the Journal of The International Association for the Study of Popular Music co-edited by the Live Music Exchange’s Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr, with Beate Flath. Festivals, along with live music in general, are increasingly a part of the broader political process and, relatedly, the cultural policy process. This timely issue approaches the politics of popular music festivals from a range of theoretical and geographical perspectives.  

The contradictory politics of Glastonbury – Adam Behr

This week’s blog is a repost of an article by Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr in The Conversation that discusses some of the contradictory politics of Glastonbury as both a site of mainstream consumption and campaigning activity.  

Considering the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s Live Music Report – Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr

On March 19th, after a lengthy inquiry, the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee produced its report on live music, drawing on numerous evidence submissions, including from the Live Music Exchange. Having followed the proceedings, this post sees LMX’s Martin Cloonan and Adam Behr assess the contents of the report, beyond the headlines.  

A Tribute to Dave Laing

The Popular Music scholar and writer, Dave Laing died suddenly on 6th January 2019. Amongst many other things, Dave was a very good friend to Live Music Exchange, someone to whom we often turned to for advice and help. Both were always freely given in a wonderfully supportive way. In this post, we offer an LMX tribute to Dave.  

Risky Business: the Volatility and Failure of Outdoor Music Festivals in the UK – Chris Anderton

Our latest post is by Dr. Chris Anderton, of Southampton Solent University, and looks at UK festivals. He finds a volatile market with, nevertheless, no shortage of willing new entrants.  

Fall Guy – Martin Cloonan

Mark E Smith, leader of English post-punk group The Fall, died on 24 January 2018. To mark the anniversary of Smith’s death Live Music Exchange co-founder Martin Cloonan provides some thoughts on the band’s live appearances.  

“Everyday communism” in Slovenian grassroots and underground music venues – Rajko Muršič

Today’s post is adapted from a presentation by Professor Rajko Muršič of the University of Ljubljana to the Radical Anthropology Group. It discusses the communal efforts and work practices of venues in Slovenia and their capacity to act as spaces of resistance.  

Sexual Violence at Gigs – Rosemary Lucy Hill

Our latest post, by Dr. Rosemary Lucy Hill, discusses recent research into sexual violence at gigs, and introduces the report and recommendations from the project ‘Healthy Music Audiences: Music, Gender and Health’.  

Live Music Exchange, Newcastle. Keynote: Living Music, Situating Value – Professor Simon Frith [video]

Music’s role in, and value to, society has emerged in the news from multiple angles recently from its health benefits, to its economic contribution, to challenges for music education and venues. With music at the centre of such a broad range of benefits, controversies and challenges, we revisit in today’s post the keynote address by Professor Simon Frith OBE from our Live Music Exchange, Newcastle event in 2016, in which he draws upon his experience as a rock critic, researcher and academic writer to examine the different criteria that we apply when making assessments of music’s value.  

Findings and observations from the Melbourne Live Music Census – Dobe Newton

Our latest guest post is by Dobe Newton, OAM – an active music professional for over 40 years and leader of the 2012 Victorian Live Music Census and the 2017 Melbourne Live Music Census. Here, he presents key findings and observations from the Melbourne Live Music Census of 2017, and reflects on the census process.  

The tide turning on ticket touts – Adam Behr

With Parliamentary attention turning to ticket touting again, today’s post features Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr writing about Ticketmaster’s decision to close its secondary market sites in Europe, and a video of an expert panel on the secondary market from the Live Music Exchange Newcastle event in 2016.  

Labour Live and the difference between a rally and a gig – Adam Behr

This week’s blog is a repost of an article by Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr in The Conversation that discusses some of the background to, and complications surrounding, the relationship between popular musical and political events following the ‘Labour Live’ festival.  

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