While we’ve definitely covered the decline in concertgoing that’s been happening this year, they seem to not be having the same problem overseas. The 2011 Glastonbury festival sold out of 145,000 tickets in only four hours. That’s 8 hours quicker than it took to sell out in 2010. Even more impressive is that there’s no star power to help push tickets, as the lineup hasn’t even been announced yet. While organizers had said they’d announce the headliners when the festival sold out, they hadn’t as of press time, although U2 has been rumored to be one of the three main stage headliners. Over one million people registered to apply to get tickets for the concert, which will run from June 24 to 26 in Pilton, Somerset. A three-day pass costs about $310.
If not the future of concertgoing, the multi-day festival definitely seems to be healthy. The Lollapalooza festival is doing amazingly well for Chicago, and will be taking place there through 2018. Bonnaroo and Coachella are big draws as well, and it’s a lot easier for a band to book one big date than travel the country playing a lot smaller ones.