Special issue: Festivalisation of live music

November 2nd, 2020

POPLIVE project leader Erik Hitters co-edited a special issue on the festivalisation of live music for the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). The issue was published in October 2020, including a contribution from Hitters and his fellow POPLIVE researcher Martijn Mulder.

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Experience design for future festivals: two theses

September 16th, 2020

How can visitor experiences at music festivals be optimized? Commissioned by POPLIVE two students dedicated their bachelor thesis to this topic, respectively focusing on innovative solutions for on-site festival challenges and crowd behavior at different types of festivals. In this blog post the results of these projects will be presented.

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The impact of festivalization on the Dutch live music action field

September 16th, 2020

In a recently published article in Creative Industries Journal, POPLIVE researchers Martijn Mulder, Erik Hitters & Paul Rutten analyse the effects of festivalization on the strategic action field (SAF) of the Dutch live music ecology. This study approaches the concept of festivalization from inside the strategic action field (SAF) of live music and place it within the context of the rapidly changing music industries. The outcomes emphasize the significant multiple value creation produced by festivals, the strategic advantages of festivals in relation to traditional music venues and the potential co-evolution within the live music action field.

The article can be found here.

Het grote LIVE publieksonderzoek [Dutch live music audience research]

June 26th, 2020

“Livemuziek is leven. Het is een medicijn, een soort van therapie”


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Waarom bezoeken we popconcerten en –festivals? En hoe vaak doen we dat? Wat is het favoriete poppodium van de livemuziek consument, en het favoriete festival? Hoe denkt de concertbezoeker over smartphonegebruik tijdens de show? En storen we ons tijdens concerten nu echt massaal aan kletsende medebezoekers? Martijn Mulder van POPLIVE zocht het antwoord op deze en andere vragen en heeft de uitkomsten gebundeld in Het Grote LIVE Publieksonderzoek.

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Tribute Podcast

May 28th, 2020

The increasing popularity of tribute acts in pop music: is it just a form of ‘babyboomer-entertainment’ or is it the new cool thing for younger generations? How do music venues and the audience think about tribute acts and how does the future of tribute look like? All this and more is discussed in the POPLIVE Tribute Podcast.

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Photo: Marfis75, Flickr - CC BY 2.0

Covid-19 and the live music sector: useful resources

April 6th, 2020

This post provides an overview of various resources and articles about the impact of the Corona-virus on the live music sector.

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Live music survey (in Dutch)

February 1st, 2020

In december 2019 namen meer dan 1500 Nederlanders deel aan het livemuziek onderzoek. De deelnemers die op basis daarvan een prijs hebben gewonnen, hebben hierover inmiddels bericht ontvangen via het opgegeven mailadres.

Binnen enkele maanden worden de eerste resultaten van het onderzoek verwacht. Deze zullen onder andere via deze site gepubliceerd worden. Veel dank aan iedereen die de moeite heeft genomen de vragenlijst in te vullen!

Pop music venues and festivals: opportunities and threats

December 20th, 2019

As part of the POPLIVE project, Martijn Mulder investigated the current state of the Dutch live music industry, more specific the most common stagers of live music: dedicated venues and festivals. Based on interviews with directors of both venues and festivals in Dutch cities, several themes were extracted and analyzed. The papers written on the basis of these data are currently under review. This blog gives a sneak preview of the results.

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Early-career musicians in the Dutch music industry

October 29th, 2019

At the end of 2018 Rick Everts, Dr. Pauwke Berkers and Dr. Erik Hitters investigated 21 early-career pop acts who performed at the Eurosonic Noorderslag edition of 2018. These musicians were interviewed about their career strategies, the way they approached their work and their experiences in the Dutch music industry. In addition, they participated in a diary study to map their daily work activities. While the articles written on the basis of these data are currently under review, in this blog post some of the main findings are presented.

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Nightclubbing, risk and policy making at Dutch live music conference

October 9th, 2019

The impressive music venue TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht (NL) was the location for the Dutch national conference on music venues, festivals and events on October 2, 2019. POPLIVE participated in three panels during the conference that was organised by our project partner, the Dutch association of music venues and festivals (VNPF). This blogpost presents our contributions to panels on nightclubbing, risk and trust in live music, and urban pop music policy.

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