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Field studies

November 2007

Where are the major festivals located and what are the impacts they create?

2007 was a record year for UK music festivals, with over 20 large-scale events staged between May and September, in addition to hundreds of smaller local events.

This article asks: where are the major festivals located and what are the consequences of their recent rise in popularity, both for societies and environments? Are enough festivals being run sustainably, in order to minimise their impact on the physical environment?


Materials contained in this article can be used to support teaching and learning for a range of human geography topics, including migration, population distribution, sustainability, people-as-consumers and KS3 (2008) key concept environmental interaction.

In the Members' Area:

  • Where are the major music festivals found? (site and situation)
  • Festival Futures (sustainability)
  • Temporary towns (changing population distribution)

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