We are told that the canny British festival fan no longer bothers with domestic events because of the lure of the same bands in sunnier climes on mainland Europe. Yet this week music writers were emailed by the publicists for a major European event pleading for coverage. Why? “Ticket sales in the UK are slightly down this year, which we are surprised about.” It seems the lure of abroad isn’t that alluring after all. Festivals everywhere are suffering.

But British festivals appear to be suffering most.

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