Music Festivals in the UK

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Music has always been an integral part of human culture, from the first humans who used human voice as an instrument to the development of technology that allowed various different sounds to be produced and used. Music has become an inevitable part of our present culture, whether it is an everyday enjoyment of a specific genre, a way to express onself artistically or participating in music events such as music festivals. Furthermore, music does not only display our personal taste and preferences, but it can also be a part of our personality, identity and a way to connect with other people. The United Kingdom in the 20th century was a fertile ground for the emergence of the youth culture phenomenon. It refers to the way young people, ages 15-25, through their norms, values and practices, tried to dissociate themselves from the establishment. The idea was to show their own identity and culture that was different from the mainstream culture or the way the previous generations had conducted themselves. They managed to do that through their style and the music they listened to. And the youth is central when talking about music festivals. British youth that was the consumer of the popular music was usually from working-class or lower-middle-class families. The money to spend on music and clothing they had to earn themselves, typically working dead-end jobs. These social groups were often ostracized and labelled deviant by the police and broadcast media. “This routine of youth demonisation and consequent legislations continued to operate around music-related events such as pop festivals, with rave music and its associated parties being quickly demonised by the tabloid press in the late 1980s.” THE ORIGINS The first music festiva... ... middle of paper ... ...ntury Britain. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 1997. • Šoštarić, Sanja. "British Society after 1945." Social and Cultural History of Great Britain after 1485. Faculty of Philosophy, Sarajevo. 2013. Lecture. • Warman, Janice. "How Music Festivals Are Singing the Changes." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 28 Aug. 2010. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "An Introduction to Glastonbury Festival." Glastonbury Festivals News. N.p., n.d. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "Creamfields 2014." Creamfields Festival. N.p., n.d. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "Festival - T in the Park." T in the Park. N.p., n.d. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "Music Festivals." VisitBritain. Department for Culture, Media and Sport, n.d. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "Reading Festival 2014." Reading Festival. N.p., n.d. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014. • "The Isle of Wight Festival: An Overview." BBC News. BBC, 06 Dec. 2010. Web. Mar.-Apr. 2014

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