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Historical Literature on Specific British Festivals

Papers & Reports



Historical Literature on Specific British Festivals

Aubrey, Crispin and John Shearlow. 2005. Glastonbury: An Oral History of the Music, Mud & Magic. London: Ebury Press

Barnes, Richard. 1983. The Sun in the East: Norfolk and Suffolk Fairs. Kirstead, Norfolk: RB Photographic.

Bartie, Angela. 2013. The Edinburgh Festivals: Culture and Society in Postwar Britain. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Binney, Marcus. 1994. Glyndebourne: Building a Vision. London: Thames and Hudson

Boden, Anthony. 1992. Three Choirs: A History of the Festival: Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester. Stroud: Alan Sutton

Bruce, George. 1975. Festival in the North: The Story of the Edinburgh Festival. London: Robert Hale & Company

Bullamore, Tim. 1999. Fifty Festivals: The History of the Bath Festival. Bath: Mushroom

Cobbold, Chrissie Lytton. 1986. The Knebworth Rock Festivals. London: Omnibus

Conekin, Becky. 2003. The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Doctor, Jenny, David Wright, and Nicholas Kenyon. 2007. The Proms: A New History. London: Thames & Hudson

Drage, Frank; Sweeney, Philip; Gabriel, Peter. 1990. The Sounds of Music: WOMAD. London: Virgin

Drummond, Pippa. 2011. The Provincial Music Festival in England, 1784–1914. Abingdon: Routledge

Elstob, Lynne, and Anne Howe. 1987. The Glastonbury Festivals. Glastonbury: Gothic Image

Foulk, Ray. 2015. Stealing Dylan from Woodstock. London: Medina

Hinton, Brian. 1995. Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festivals, 1968-70. Chessington, Surrey: Castle Communications

Hodgkins, Geoffrey. 2004. Somewhere Further North: Elgar and the Morecambe Festival. Chippenham: Poneke Press

Hughes, Spike. 1981. Glyndebourne: A History of the Festival Opera Founded in 1934 by Audrey and John Christie. Newton Abbott: David and Charles

Humphries, Mary. 1972. A World That Sings: An Account of the First 26 Years of the International Musical Eisteddfod. Cardiff: John Jones

Kennedy, Michael. 2010. Glyndebourne: A Short History. Oxford: Shire

Jolliffe, John. 1999. Glyndebourne: An Operatic Miracle. London: John Murray

Laing, Dave and Richard Newman. 1994. Thirty Years of the Cambridge Folk Festival. Ely: Music Maker

Lunt, Marjorie. 1986. Petersfield Music Makers: The Story of the Petersfield Musical Festival 1901-1986. Petersfield: Mary Series

McKay, George. 2000. Glastonbury: A Very English Fair. London: Victor Gollancz

Melville, Caspar. 2002. ‘A carnival history.’ [Notting Hill Carnival.] Open Democracy (3 September).

Miller, Eileen. 1996. The Edinburgh International Festival, 1947-1996. Aldershot: Scolar Press

Norwich, John Julius. 1985. Fifty Years of Glyndebourne: An Illustrated History. London: Cape

Orga, Ateş. 1974. The Proms. Newton Abbot: David & Charles

Report of Working Party Following Illegal Invasion of Castlemorton Common nr Malvern, Hereford and Worcester, May 22 to 29, 1992. Hereford and Worcester County Council, 1993/1994

Schofield, Derek and Martin Cathy. 2004. The First Week in August: Fifty Years of the Sidmouth Festival. Sidmouth: Sidmouth International Festival

Steinitz, Richard. 2011. Explosions in November: The First 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press

Still, Barry. 1977. Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Three Choirs Festival of Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester. Worcester: The Three Choirs Festival Association

Worthington, Andy. 2004. Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion. Marlborough, Wilts: Alternative Albion

Papers & Reports

Edinburgh Festivals 2010 Impact Study – BOP Consulting (2011)

The Economic, Social and Cultural Impact of the City Arts and Culture Cluster – BOP Consulting (2013)

Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study – BOP Consulting (2016)

Edinburgh Festival 2015 Impact Study: Technical Report – BOP Consulting (2016)

The Economic Impact of Cultural Events: The Umbria Jazz music festival – Bruno Bracalante, Cecilia Chirielison, Massimo Cossinani, Luca Ferrucci, Marina Gigliottinad, M. Giovanna Ranalli (2011)

‘They’ve really gone to town with all that bunting’: the influence and (in)visibility of Glasgow’s Jazz Festival – Alison Eales (2013)

European Arts Festivals: Strengthening cultural diversity – European Commission (2011)

Festival Baby Report 2015 – Festival Baby (2015)

Measuring the Impacts of Large Scale Cultural Events: A Literature Review – Floris Langen (University of Glasgow) and Beatriz Garcia (Impacts 08) (2009)

Demographic and sponsorship considerations for jazz and classical music festivals – Steve Oakes (2003)

Statistical Overviews [of Jazz] in Five Partner Countries [Britain, Austria, Norway, The Netherlands, Denmark] – Rhythm Changes (2010)

Historical Overviews [of Jazz] in Five Partner Countries [Britain, Austria, Norway, The Netherlands, Denmark] – Rhythm Changes (2010)

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival: more than just jazz – Melville Saayman and Riaan Rossouw (2010)

Jazz Festival Visitors and Their Expenditures: Linking Spending Patterns to Musical Interest – Thrane, Christer (2002)

Festival Statistics: Key Concepts and Current Practices – UNESCO (2009)

Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – Warwick Commission (2015)

Festivalization as a Creative City Strategy – Zherdev, Nikolay (2014)


Carnivalising the Creative Economy: AHRC-funded Research on and with British Jazz Festivals (2014; 15 mins). Film made for the AHRC  Creative Economy Showcase at King’s Place, London, March 12 2014

CHIME project: improvised music re-sounding a historic city, at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2015


CHIME: Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals

Live Music Exchange – an online hub for anyone interested in live music research

EFG London Jazz Festival

The Streets – ambitious and dynamic programme which will bring high quality music and performance to high streets across seven outer-London boroughs in 2015 and 2016