Although both the music festivals and the concerts follow the same baseline of providing entertainment, there still exits a sea of difference between the two.  In this article, let’s throw some light on the difference between the two terms.


Although both of them include a crowd, alcohol and people dancing to the tunes, one of the significant differences in the presence of camps, a concert is a one-day event or an overnight even, unlike festivals that include the activity of camping in the arena. It is also considered as a major part of the festival life. People pitch their tents across the entire arena and provide the feeling of detaching from everyday life and chaos for the next 2-3 days.

Size of the event

Size of the event

Stadiums are some of the primary destinations where the concerts take place. Although nowadays, the size of the stadiums is getting bigger and better, they still cannot compete with the size of the music festival venues. For instance, the Glastonbury music festival held recently comprised of 200,000 people on the arena, with a maximum of 140,000 sellable tickets to the festivals.  Another stadium event or the concerns that took place recently companies only 80,000 tickets and hence the difference in the size of the event can be noted here.


Like noted earlier, the time consumed for the festival is generally 2 – 3 days. Sometimes, it could extend to 4 days as well. However, concerts are one-day events that are majorly based on a single band or artist. It could start in the mid-afternoon and end by 11 pm or begin at 8 pm, and stop by 1 am, depending on the rules and regulations in the country. At the same time, the music festivals go on for the entire afternoon and extended to the next day as well. It is an intense event when compared to musical concerts.


Considering the smallness of the concerts, they comprise one of one stage (a big one), that is present in the middle to fit the band as well as the lead singer/singers. This is in contrast to the music festivals that comprises of multiple stages that are spread throughout the musical areas. They also set up different stages for different types of music and artists – for instance, a dance stage for jazz and many others.



Like those above, a concert generally has one single band playing the entire time. However, it does not apply to the music festivals that compress of the artists and bands from different genres of music and all of them either playing on different stages or taking turns while playing on two of three stages.


Lastly, the atmosphere of the festival or a concert solely depends on the crowd. Both the atmospheres are equally impressive, and all bands and artists have a dedicated fan base that they crave to look forward to.