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Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals

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


Isabelle Szmigin

Andrew Bengry-Howell

Yvette Morey
AHOD in Marketing and Enterprise Prog Clust

Christine Griffin

Sarah Riley


© 2016 The Authors 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.


Szmigin, I., Bengry-Howell, A., Morey, Y., Griffin, C., & Riley, S. (2017). Socio-spatial authenticity at co-created music festivals. Annals of Tourism Research, 63, 1-11.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier Masson
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Pages 1-11
Keywords authenticity, music festivals, co-creation, socio-spatial, aura
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