The Newport Folk Fest is currently engaged in an enlightening and rather candid discussion of the effect a radius clause has on scheduling, promoting and announcing a festival such as it. In a series of rapid tweets coming from the fest’s official account @Newportfolkfest organizers are trying to gauge fan reaction to not being able to announce big name headliners for next year’s fest due to clauses already put in place by other festivals preventing acts from being promoted within a defined area (radius) of the other fest. Basically, Newport can either announce before the festival all of the artists slated to perform which would force them to avoid the radius clause’d “big name” acts, or have those well-known headliners but make no announcement of who they are before they take the stage. The Twitter account is asking for fans’ input and have been quick to respond to replies.
In all seriousness we may not announce the 2013 lineup until the day of the show
Let’s us explain a bit more… Due to our size & non-profit status we have a VERY limited budget every year. Meaning only bands who get “it”
are the ones who come to the fest, ie not for $ but for love of the Festival
however, many of these bands can only play us IF they do not break other big $ paying fetsival radius clause
the only way to avoid breaking another festival’s radius clause is to NOT use the band’s name in any marketing
so two choices have no “headlining” artists meaning all great but smaller artists and announce the line-up OR ….
a few surprise/ “bigger” artists announced at the last minute….
the compromise of course is leave it to all bands to decide when and if they want to announce,
but there would be NO official announcement from NFF
again this is all being discussed nothing 100% decided, we love all your input
@ marketing wise you run the risk of alienating the crowd that shows up specifically for bands and not the whole festival exp
@ again, smaller and “mid-level” artists are free to announce they are playing and ie what day they are playing
@ once the band announces we will then add to our official on-line schedule
@ i think it’s an interesting way to reveal, but it would be 100% out of your control… correct?
@ Also not cool to sign a contract for $ & then throw a venue under the bus w/ a loophole b/c of “spirit” of another festival
@ Our event happens AFTER the other event. So artist “A” plays an event in June, & we/ they can’t announce until AFTER the June event
@ how would that hurt the other event?
@ That would be fair on both accounts; just tricky to control timing. I can imagine it’s a scheduling/PR nightmare.
@ I’d prefer to know the lineup ahead of time, as a college student I can’t afford the gamble
@ understod $ wise but you are okay having no “big” names?
@ I think I’d rather hear “smaller” bands I might not know. Big names doesn’t always mean better music but either decision…
@ …you decide on will be great I’m sure, I’ve never been disappointed with the folk fest.
@ Don’t care when & how lineup announced, but would love to see schedule before arriving. Do rules change once it’s sold out?
@ regarding the “cubes” as we call them, we would have them ongoing as band’s announce on their end
@ Sounds like a good plan to me but I buy tickets prior to lineup regardless. I trust you guys!
think about it more like if we didn’t announce MMJ, Conor, Iron & Wine, Dawes or Jackson until late would you all have still come?
of course we run the risk of disappointment, but we don’t know any other way of bringing our headliners back, we just don’t have the $
to compete with the uber festivals