My latest blog post is about a new report written by myself and George McKay and published online in May 2016, highlights the impact of British music festivals and shows that festivals are now at the heart of the British music industry, forming an essential part of the worlds of rock, classical, folk and jazz. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Connected Communities programme, the report is based on a critical literature review of more than 170 books, papers and reports.

From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury: The Impact of British Music Festivals – Emma Webster and George McKay

Emma dressing up to promote Opera North’s costume sale in 2005

About me: Briefly, I am an early career researcher with a specialist interest in and knowledge about live music and festivals. I am also a music (and comedy) promoter in my own right, and before returning to academia in 2008, I worked professionally in live music for eight years (opera, world-music, festivals and techno).

At the moment, I am working on a brilliant project about the impact of festivals at the University of East Anglia with Professor George McKay, in collaboration with the EFG London Jazz Festival – I feel so lucky to be able to spend a year thinking about festivals!

This website will feature blog posts about my research and about wider issues in higher education and in politics. To read previous blog posts from this website, click here.

To read my blog posts from the Impact of Festivals project, click here.

To read my blog posts from the Live Music Exchange, click here.

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