Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, music has important roles to play – either to reflect or interpret the state of affairs, or simply to provide solace.
In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
Drug analysis would allow young people to make more informed choices about what they are consuming and save lives.
You won't see the chains because modern slavery doesn't work like that.
Drug-detection dogs don't stop most drug use. And they have been shown to encourage more dangerous practices, criminalise and traumatise marginalised groups, and render all as potential suspects.
From music festivals to motor racing –commercial events are taking over public parks. Here's what can be done.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Unlike museums and stadiums, weekend music and arts festivals can promote culture without gouging taxpayers.
Indigo, pink, saffron: colour for India isn't just for throwing. It's political, too.
Non-commercial arts organisations face a funding dilemma. Confronted with limited local support, they are forced to rely on inconsistent international donors.
Jazz represents a minority audience in an already relatively small music market and to cover costs, the aggregation of fans must be across genres to maximise numbers.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
The UK should look to mainland Europe for greener music festivals.
The Oppikoppi Music Festival, one of the biggest and most popular in South Africa, holds on to the musical memories of the past and provides a musical map to the future.
It seems like every year there is controversy over Glastonbury lineups and the worst sin in popular music – that of "selling out".
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury's earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
The rock promoter thinks festivals are on the way out. But he couldn't be further from the truth.