What forces shape a canon and how can a culture rupture to make room for novelty?
Wow, what a Devasting critique of the current festival scene. Well written and penetrating into the deep cultural and economic factors that keep culture moldy and oldy while being pretentiously knew!
Will the last person to exodus, please turn off the lasers?
Excuse me while I spend my whole summer entertainment budget on the "Final" "Dead&Co" "tour". Or, in graphic designer versionation speak, I believe this would be Dead&Co.2023.Tour.Final.FinalFinal.mp4.
Nostalgia is, as I'm sure you've written about elsewhere, perhaps the last vestige of psychological comfort in an increasingly impossible quest of meaningmaking in a cultural commons designed to either make you feel Other or make you feel Safe. I couldn't help but watch all ten episodes of That 90's Show, despite knowing that Wilmer Valderamma is a piece of shit, that the writing and acting was garbage, and the opportunity to really kick ass on the soundtrack was squandered in favor of keeping costs at Netflix production low.
For those of us who have entered work into the Creative Commons for years, it's been disheartening to watch it fade into obscurity when it is needed most. Flickr shouldn't be charging me to keep photos within the commons, but here we are.
As far as the festival questions, I think maybe you buried the lede, or just did a classic Garfieldism and made this post about something much bigger than the question at hand, which I don't blame you for. Festivals are just one more example of events, of gatherings, of capitalistic endeavors, though they haven't always been.
I think if we look back into the history, to strip out the superfluous VIP experiences, the monetization of every aspect of the pilgrimage, we could get back to the actual core needs which festivals serve: honoring the seasons, gathering of likeminded revelry, expanding time and space into not-time and not-space, creating environments to challenge gender, power, and decency, being an outlet or steam-release of society...
These things do not require money, they just require sense. And in fact, the layering of commerce as they are have built walls around the most transformative aspects of transformation.