2022 Special Festival Issue

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Lollapalooza’s 2021 edition was America’s first major post-COVID festival. The Chicago event returns this summer with a lineup topped by Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole and Green Day. (Photo by Scott Legato / Getty Images)

For two decades, the festival sector has been a key indicator of the live industry’s health, reflecting the ups and downs of the broader business. So, what do the scores of festivals announced for spring, summer and fall 2022 – many new, many returning to their normal calendar slots and others still celebrating their first post-lockdown editions – represent? An industry that, at every level, is back on its feet and thriving.

Pollstar devoted its April 11 issue to the 2022 festival season, with special features including a survey from industry pros, a guest post from Roots N Blues co-owner/producer Tracy Lane, and a cover story on Halsey who is headlining festivals around the globe including Governors Ball, Hangout, Fuji Rock, Reading and Leeds, Firefly and Festival d’été de Québec.

On The Cover: Halsey Reigns As ‘Festival Queen’ With ‘Love And Power Tour’

Leadoff: Festivals Stage Major Comeback

When Giving Is Getting: Festivals With Charity In Mind

Guest Post: Commitment To Equity At Roots N Blues Goes Beyond The Lineup

Fest 411: Gathering The Tribes: From Burning Man To Undersea Fests, Something For Everyone

Fest 411:
Artist Curated: Musicians Create Their Own World

Survey: Pros Take Stock Of Exploding Sector In Pollstar’s 2022 Festival Survey

Q’s With: Adam Zacks: From Sasquatch! To Thing: How The Fest Market’s Changed Over 20 Years

Coachella, YouTube Partnership Keeps Growing In 10th Year

Albert Hammond Jr.’s Jetway: A Stroke Of Marketing Genius