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Facts About Music Festivals and Genres
Since its invention, music has played a crucial role in people’s lives. It has transcended its role as entertainment into an art form and an essential tool for cultural exchange. The demand for music has grown into a billion-dollar industry. While physical album sales remain important, streaming is a huge part of the industry. The success of platforms like Spotify has led to a drop in physical album sales. Regardless of what genre you enjoy, there’s likely a Georgia artist who has a signature sound.
In the eighteenth century, music festivals were first organized as secular competitions, beginning with a festival of George Frideric Handel in Westminster Abbey, London. Handel’s music was featured in these events, which continued until the early 20th century. Similarly, the Birmingham Festival, which began as a Handel-focused event, evolved into an event that included music by other composers as well. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, music festivals grew in popularity in many cities throughout England.
The number of genres in music is vast. Several genres are popular among people of different age groups. Hip hop, for example, has a large segment of teenagers and young adults. Consequently, music festivals need to cater to these demographics and ensure that their musical offerings reflect their target audiences. In addition, audiences’ preferences for pop music are very diverse. Popular music genres like rock and electronic music can appeal to everyone, regardless of background or income level.