Chris Lee: Rocked by recession, music festivals are rolling over

Hard times are forcing some events to cancel or go on hiatus. Coachella seems to be humming right along.
The shaky economy is rattling the summer music festival.

In the months leading up to the Southland’s premier concert event, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — which kicks off its 10th edition in Indio today with performances by such pop luminaries as Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen — recession-era fiscal realities have led to a string of cancellations by respected festivals.

Florida’s Langerado Music Festival was canceled because of poor ticket sales. The San Francisco Blues Festival took a year off (with doubt cast on its return in 2010) because of a drop-off in corporate sponsorships. And because of anticipated cuts in state arts funding, the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival in New Jersey went on hiatus, with plans to instead stage a benefit concert in a year that would have been its 20th anniversary.

Scotland’s Hydro Connect Festival and Red List Live in Britain also fell victim to the economic climate.

And after undergoing changes to stay afloat in recent years — making general admission free in 2007 and scaling down…

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