Want to play more music festivals? Why?
Sure, from an outside perspective, music festivals seem very luxurious. They pay well, you play in front of large audiences and in some cases eat amazing food. The reality of the situation for young, new bands is mediocre pay in front of barely anyone (who cares). So essentially, the best part is the catering.
It’s a big build up and usually a big radius clause for not that much gain. Of course, I’m not referring to all festivals but rather large scale outdoor ones.
There are better and more creative ways to go about attaining more fans than putting all your eggs in the festival basket.
Building up a fan base through strong strategic shows and creative marketing efforts will put you further down the road in your career than a festival slot. There is no right answer on how to do any of this. if there was, I wouldn’t be sitting behind a desk all day trading barbs with promoters all day long, I’d be a rock star myself.
All I’m saying is, don’t fret if you’re not getting festival offers, it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be. For the most part, you only have 1 chance to play each festival. In some cases two times. Assuming you only have one chance to play do it at the right time.