Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals

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

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From the early days of hippie counter-culture, music festivals have been an important part of the British summer. Today they are commercialised offerings without the counter-cultural discourse of earlier times. Drawing on participant observation, interviews and focus groups conducted at a rock festival and a smaller boutique festival, the paper examines how their design, organisation and management are co-created with participants to produce authentic experiences. The paper contributes to research on authenticity in tourism by examining how authenticity emerges and is experienced in such co-created commercial settings. It presents the importance that the socio-spatial plays in authenticity experiences and how socio-spatial experience and engagement can also be recognised as a form of aura.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Aura
  • Authenticity
  • Co-creation
  • Music festivals
  • Socio-spatial


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