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Music festivals continue to hit high note

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 02:25

June 28 - The history behind some of the world's top summer music festivals. Alicia Powell reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL. The Glastonbury music festival may have gotten off to a muddy start, but Beyonce's spotless performance put her in the history books as the first female ever close the 41-year-old festival. The three-day music festival held in the fields of Somerset, England, was first staged the day after legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Festival founder Michael Eavis was inspired to hold the event after attending a local blues festival, and actually grew up 65 years ago playing on the land that houses the festival. SOUNDBITE: Michael E, Glastonbury founder, saying (English): "Seriously, this is the ultimate campsite now, isn't it? It all began when I was nine, in these same fields." Now you can't talk music festivals without mentioning the grandaddy of them all, Woodstock. In 1969 thousands flocked to upstate New York for the three-day history making concerts. 42 years later, Rolling Stones.com senior editor Doree Shafrir says Lollapalooza is the new mold. SOUNDBITE: Doree Shafrir, rolling stones.com, senior editor, saying (English): "Festivals have been around for a long time - there have always been young people who want to gather somewhere to see a lot of bands. But, you know, 20 years ago Lollapalooza started and I would say that - that kind of kicked off the modern era of the summer festival." Perry Farrell selfishly started Lolapalooza in 1991 as a way to have fun with his musically buddies, and never expected it to turn into a top tourist attraction for Chicago. SOUNDBITE: Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza founder, saying (English): "I didn't have an ambition to bring it this far. I was really invited by the music industry to do it again because it was successful." Rapper Kanye West, who will grace the stage one month after his headlining performance at the 17th Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sponsored by Essence magazine, the event held over the fourth of July weekend is considered by some the largest celebration of African-American culture in the U.S. President of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks. SOUNDBITE: Michelle Ebanks, president, essence communications, inc., saying (English): "We think about great performances, first and foremost, who is going to go into that Superdome and just create an entertainment experience that will last a lifetime. And so how can we not think about Mary J. Blidge, you know. If she's anywhere in this side of the hemisphere then we want her performing at the music festival." As concert ticket prices continue to rise, most music lovers consider festivals a bargin. Alicia Powell, Reuters.

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Music festivals continue to hit high note

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 02:25