The Evolution of Rock Festivals in Greece

European Scientific Journal, 2019

19 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2019

Date Written: August 31, 2019


There is a steady growth of music festivals that has continuously occurred within the last thirty years, and this has changed the structure of the international cultural market. Nowadays, selling recorded products does not make large profits and music festivals became the vital supporters of the music industry. This paper focuses on presenting how the growth of rock festivals introduced to Greek society a new kind of entertainment quite different from the traditional festivities of the region and how this practice supports tourism. Indeed, some great festivals are created with the international market in mind and are based on specialized tourism management practices. This study, after considering some aspects concerning the interaction between global and local music culture, provides a brief historical framework of the rock festivals. It constitutes basically a general review presenting the evolution of this imported type of entertainment in Greece, and it reveals possible commonalities between the traditional and the new forms of festivities. Although there are significant differences between Panygiri which is the old traditional Greek festivity and the rock festival, it seems that some fundamental elements in those social phenomena such as attracting tourism and uniting people always remain the same.

Keywords: Festivalisation, rock festivals, Greece, music industry, festival tourism

JEL Classification: Festivalisation, rock festivals, Greece, music industry, festival tourism

Suggested Citation

Tsangaris, Michael, The Evolution of Rock Festivals in Greece (August 31, 2019). European Scientific Journal, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Michael Tsangaris (Contact Author)

University of Piraeus ( email )

80 Karaoli & Dimitriou str.
Piraeus, 18534

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