Music Festivals

The history of music festival events goes back thousands of years in time, starting in Ancient Greece during the Pythian Games at Delphi. The Pythian Games at Delphi were essentially an outdoor festival of dance and music and art held every four years, dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Similar types of events have been observed throughout many different cultures throughout history, for example the Scottish Mods of the eleventh century, and remain common place to this day. However, they have evolved into something different in these modern times, and would be unrecognizable to those who celebrated different music festivals throughout history. The modern music industry is a very different system to any that had previously existed, and as such, the ways in which the industry is represented are drastically different as well. While some form of these types of these events have taken place over the last few hundred years, those types of music festivals were all religious in nature. It was not until the nineteen fifties that the first secular music festivals began to take place, and evolved into the kinds of music festivals that we see today. The first example of this we have is the Newport Jazz Festival, which took place in Rhode Island in 1954. More than ten thousand people showed up to this Jazz festival, which featured some of the most famous musicians of the time like Billie Holiday. Then in the 1960s, when rock music was becoming dominant in the pop culture, the …