Summer 2013 marks the year when the small independent music festival won out to the big commercial superfestivals. Oxegen ticket sales were slow this year prompting rumours that MCD the main organisers are going to pull our of next years festival and there are still tickets for the usually very popular Electric Picnic. On the other hand boutique festivals are doing really well- Forbidden Fruit and Castlepalooza sold well, while Longitude and Indiependence sold out. Why are people shunning the larger, well publicised festivals in favour of the smaller festivals? The unusually good weather this summer is probably a factor- what better way to spend a sunny weekend than in a field with friends listening to tunes? The recession is also a factor- Weekend tickets for Electric Picnic cost 229 Euro, Oxegen cost 149Euro for the 3 days whereas 3 days at Castlepalooza costs just 79Euro. The smaller festivals might not have enough clout to attract huge names but the atmosphere tends to be more relaxed and friendly than bigger festivals.