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We've seen the fast decline of vinyl record and CD sales happen before our very eyes during the past decade, so what can we expect from record companies moving forward.

gigGone are the days when people rushed to the record store first thing in the morning to buy an album and then spent the rest of day listening to it over and over again. We’re no longer getting excited about taking a record out of its sleeve or hold our breath for the first spin. Some people don’t even seem to care about the beautiful artwork that once accompanied us through the first listen.

Music purchases in the past few years are turning more and more towards digital. In 2011, digital revenues were up 8 per cent to a staggering US$5.2 billion. And with the tendency to download music came yet another…

Numerous independent music festivals have emerged in recent years, but this November sees Galway witness it's inaugural 'What If, Why Not? Festival' on the 23rd and 24th.

What If, Why Not FestivalThe volunteer run Festival Team have created an innovative curated online platform allowing musicians collaborate with filmmakers and promote their music in a new way. This idea first came to founder and organiser Graham Clarke when he struggled to source a soundtrack for an adventure film he produced. From that came the idea to bring music and film together and have some fun in the process. By interweaving filmmakers, sportsmen and musicians, the festival will be "a celebration of our planet and all the people of it", Graham says.

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Formed by musicians for musicians, Knockanstockan has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2007. Co-founder Peter Keogh tells how musicians are doing it for themselves.

Knockanstockan Music festivalWho could know better what musicians want and need than themselves. Recognizing the iron clad barriers that stand in the music industry, the Primal Jelly Social Club was formed by Keogh and fellow musicians in 2006 with the aim of getting as many bands together as possible to gain strength in numbers and make a stand for independent artists. Dismissing any rivalry between groups, the idea was to band together and showcase all their musical talents through a series of gigs. Wanting to take it a step further, a weekend of music with 40 acts was held in the Ballyknockan Inn in 2007. It was…