February 22, 2008

Festival Exclusivity?

With the announcement that the Radiohead-and-Jack-Johnson-combo are headlining TWO festivals this summer, is it possible that -- notwithstanding the geographic distance between San Francisco and Jersey City, NJ -- in the future the festival industry will begin including EXCLUSIVITY CLAUSES in their head-liner agreements?

While it may be true that festivals on complete opposite sides of the continent will attract different audiences, is something of the festival's aura (and uniqueness, at the least) lost by having the same act(s) headline multiple festivals? Does it harm ticket sales to either festival?

The situation is distinguishable from an event like Live Aid because here the events are not under the same banner and ostensibly have separate promotors and vendors.

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