Festivals - are they really all that?

It's that time of the year again, and the sunny spell has boosted attendance at this summer's festivals - but there is scepticism about their real value to local economies.

13th July, 2013
Imelda May played at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin last week.

The scorching sunny spell has been a boon to festival organisers and concert promoters, who believe buoyant moods will boost spend and attendance at events.

The country's festival season is now in full swing, and large outdoor concerts will be held in Dublin's Phoenix Park this weekend and at Marlay Park next weekend.

Meanwhile, the Galway Arts Festival starts tomorrow and continues for two weeks, while Kinsale Arts Festival wraps up today.

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