Tips for Starting Your Own Music Festival

starting-your-own-music-festivalIf you enjoy music festivals and perhaps you yourself are a musician, you may want to think about hosting a music festival. Even if you are not an entertainer there is nothing stopping you from embarking on this type of adventure. However, there is a lot of work, planning and dedication involved with it.


The first thing you need to know is just how much support you can line up. You certainly can’t do it all by yourself. Be sure that those that are going to commit to you are trustworthy in that they will be there when you need them, as if they all back out at the last minute it could be a disaster for you. Also, you are going to need help right from the start of the planning stages, so throughout the entirety of the festival you will need help.


It will depend on the caliber of talent that you want to appear at your festival. If you are holding it for local musicians then you should find that you get plenty of musicians that want to be part of it. You also want a good turnout of spectators so you may want to hire a well known band or two. This will take money as they will most likely expect to be paid.

In addition to this, there will be other expenses, such as rental for space. You want to make a list of all your expenses then give yourself plenty of time to raise the money that you will need. A good small event might be sponsored by local shops or companies, whereas a bigger festival might need the help of a fundraising platform like Kickstarter on Indiegogo: a campaign on such sites could really make a difference!

The Legalities

There will no doubt be rules and regulations concerning your festival, and chances are you may need various types of permits. Research these early and obtain them so there are no disappointments or – worst case scenario – a cancelled event!