"We achieve the impossible": Discourses of freedom and escape at music festivals and free parties

Christine Griffin, Andrew Bengrey-Howell, Sarah Riley, Yvette Morey, Isabelle Szmigin

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

26 Dyfyniadau (Scopus)
158 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


In this article, we explore the notion of freedom as a form of governance within contemporary consumer culture in a sphere where ‘freedom’ appears as a key component: outdoor music-based leisure events, notably music festivals and free parties. ‘Freedom’ is commodified as central to the marketing of many music festivals, which now form a highly commercialised sector of the UK leisure industry, subject to various regulatory restrictions. Free parties, in contrast, are unlicensed, mostly illegal and far less commercialised leisure spaces. We present data from two related studies to investigate how participants at three major British outdoor music festivals and a small rural free party scene draw on discourses of freedom, escape and regulation. We argue that major music festivals operate as temporary bounded spheres of ‘licensed transgression’, in which an apparent lack of regulation operates as a form of governance. In contrast, free parties appear to ‘achieve the impossible’ by creating alternative (and illegal) spaces in which both freedom and regulation are constituted in different ways compared to music festival settings.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)477-496
Nifer y tudalennau20
CyfnodolynJournal of Consumer Culture
Rhif cyhoeddi4
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar25 Rhag 2016
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Tach 2018

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