UK Music has teamed up with Visit Britain to produce a Great British Music festivals map as part of the ‘Music is great’ campaign. The interactive map pinpoints over 500 commercial festivals taking place across the UK including Reading / Leeds, End of the Road, Evolution and Kendal Calling.
Chief Executive of UK Music Jo Dipple said: “I am thrilled that we could work with Visit Britain on the Great British Music Festivals Map. The music industry makes a huge contribution to the economy and tourism, and I am glad this is recognised. The map clearly shows the strength and diversity of the festivals on offer, with all tastes catered for – it is clear to see why people travel from all over the world to enjoy what we offer”.
Collectively, these festivals add £864 million to the British economy and attract 7.7 million fans, with a ‘Destination: Music’ study of music tourism revealing that British festivals attract 357,000 international music fans each year, contributing £247million (18%) of total music tourist spending.
Festival Promoter Geoff Ellis said: “When we first put on T in the Park in 1994, there were only two other festivals on the UK scene – Glastonbury and Reading. It’s pleasing to see that there are now over 500 festivals in the country – all with an incredibly varied offering”. Ellis added: “The collective results are that the UK has an incredibly diverse and eclectic festival scene for such a small territory”.
To see the map go here.