Rock Stars And Music Festivals!
By Rose Quintiliano and Kelly Olszuk
May 20, 2012 - 10:34:11 AM
HOLLYWOOD—Many aspiring musicians and songwriters believe that getting signed with a label, even an Indie label is better than nothing. While many find that to be true, you have to keep in mind that Indie labels just don’t have the budget or staff. They operate on a smaller roster. How many platinum-selling artists are on an Indie label? Maybe one, two, a few at most, and for how many years? It’s not like being signed to a major label. While the music industry is melting down, it’s mainly because 95 percent of music is downloaded illegally. Indie labels have lower marketing budgets, and an estimated 3,000 CD’s of your release. They can’t even get you on the big, market radio stations. Every now and then an Indie will have real success, however most successful artists on Indie labels are on imprints of major record labels. Major record labels can afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a signed recording artist. Being a rock star is a journey with many, many detours. You need to be very talented and very lucky, as well as being at the right time at the right place. When the goal is reached than an artist can enjoy being a rock star with the many perks that come with it, like the big house, fancy cars and jetting around in private jets.
Anyone who has been at a music festival knows the perils of trudging through thick mud, washing up in a communal sink. It feels almost like sleeping in a hostel. But over the past few years, things have been changing for those willing to dish out more money, a lot more money. These days almost every major music festival offers VIP packages that replace, (no pun intended) the refugee-camp vibe with something more alluring and luxe.
Indie bands perform live at the Ameoba store in Hollywood
Coming up in Chicago’s Grant Park in August 3-5 at Lollapalooza, a ticket that goes for $1,050 entitles the ticket holder to lunch and dinner, a mini spa and lounge chairs on special viewing decks.
If you don’t won’t to feel like a sardine the weekend of Memorial Day in Sasquatch, Washington, the VIP treatment offers comparable amenities with access to the Cliff House VIP area, near the main stage, with air-conditioned private restrooms, along with a private cash bar and special menu.
Sounds like roughing it up? The VIP packages “Roll Like a Rock Star package,” at Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tennessee in June 7 through 10 are up for grabs. For $26,000 the representatives will pick you up along with your entourage of seven at the airport and bring you to your own private tour bus, just like rock stars. You’ll get three gourmet meals a day, access to open bars and hospitality tents all over the festival grounds. If you want to see the bands that are headlining like Radiohead, Phish and the Beach Boys-you’ll be chauffeured via golf cart to the exclusive areas in front of the various stages.
These VIP treatments help with the rising costs of putting events together. It is quite ingenious to mix spa treatments, haute cuisine and rock n” roll to bring families together.
The Beach Boys, who are currently on tour, have reunited for a feel-good tour. I’m sure the boys won’t disappoint with the classics such as “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Surfer Girl,” and “California Girls,” just to name a few. With any luck, perhaps John Stamos will join in, if he’s in town.
Rose’s Scoop: Is everyone on Instagram? The celebrities seem to love it, which is similar to Twitter. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg purchased Instagram for a cool $1 billion a few months ago.
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