Today there is more pressure on groups to tour and play live than ever before. Thanks to free streaming services, recorded music is now so easily accessible and somewhat devalued in monetary terms that the public want unique, one-off experiences in exchange for their hard-earned cash.
Over the last decade or so, the term "festival season" has been coined in response to the upsurge of summer events, largely held in rural locations and attended by tens of thousands of campers. But if the idea of standing knee-deep in mud, watching via video screen as the usual artists go through the motions on a stage miles away, while a teenager throws up next to you isn't that appealing, perhaps an "urban festival" might be for you.
There are many reasons why an inner-city happening is a good idea. Both large-scale, corporate promoters and more specialist, DIY music fans can set up an event and choose the size to suit their ambitions. And if organisers are using a city's established music venues, they needn't worry about PA systems, bar staff or security - that's all in place.
From a punter's perspective, there is no need for wellies, waterproofs, sunscreen or midge repellent, and the chances are that the bands on offer will actually sound good in a custom-designed concert hall. Locally, you have to acknowledge the success of Fence Records' Homegame events in Anstruther, Glasgow's eclectic Stag And Dagger all-dayers, Cry Parrot's Music Language extravaganzas and the Wide Days music conference in Edinburgh - not to mention the countless jazz and classical festivals littered across the country.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an outdoor gathering as much as the next person, especially if the location is beautiful, the weather is kind, the crowd affable, and the line-up nicely diverse and varied. But so often that isn't the case.
And at an urban event, you can access all the concerts and return to your home, hotel or B&B for a shower and a decent night's sleep afterwards. Not a drunken bongo-player or Wonderwall aficionado in earshot - how civilised!
Urban events tend to be meticulously curated as well. Open-air celebrations aim to maximise audience attendance into the thousands, whereas inner-city festivals are limited by the size of their venues and therefore have to cope with less people. As a result, you often get the chance to see more interesting, cutting-edge and minority performances rather than simply household names.
Music business events such as In The City, South By South West and The Great Escape initially led the way, but non-industry orientated promoters have taken their cue and decided to go it alone, which can only be a good thing. Now we have events for fans of all ages, interests and denominations, disenfranchised by the bucolic mud-fests of the British summer.
Over the next few weeks, a series of epicurean music feasts are about to take place for Scotland's more discerning listeners. At the ever-visionary Platform arts complex in Easterhouse, the next instalment of the Eastern Promise festival sees alt-folk, indie-rock and experimentalism collide on a mercurial bill, with home-grown heroes James Yorkston and The Vaselines headlining on October 4 and 5.
Edinburgh hosts two more events in October: Haddowfest on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 in the capital, utilising everywhere from larger halls such as the Picture House down to small, underground caverns like Sneaky Pete's. With a bill of local talent and international acts, headliners include folk-rockers Dry The River and exemplary post-hardcore indie tykes We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Another new and intriguing addition to any diary should be the Pleasance Sessions, which take place between October 10-26. The beautiful, wood-panelled Pleasance Theatre now boasts a year-round programme, and this set of gigs sees the cream of Scotland's indie, electronic and acoustic scenes come together over the two weeks. Ground-breaking artists such as Sparrow & The Workshop, The Pictish Trail, Conquering Animal Sound and Miaoux Miaoux are a few of the highlights of these evening concerts curated by a succession of local labels and outfits.
As you read this, I'm returning from a European event much like the ones I've just described. Hamburg is home to the acclaimed Reeperbahn Festival in the city's notorious red-light district and 24-hour party zone. This year it hosts a programme that stretches across more than 70 venues, with up-and-coming wannabes sidling up to well-known figures on the international music scene. Performers included Anna Calvi, Mum, Efterklang, 65 Days Of Static, Built To Spill, Roosevelt and even James Blunt. Oh, and the beer tasted great too… Designed for music lovers, industry professionals and art enthusiasts, it's Germany's largest club festival and certainly warrants your attention.
There is of course more than enough room for both indoor and outdoor festivals throughout the year at home and abroad, and the appetite from artists and ticket-buyers alike seems to prove exactly that. But as summer fades into distant memory and harsher climes descend upon us, I certainly know where I want to be when experiencing live music in Northern Europe. Shut those doors and turn it up!
Vic Galloway presents on BBC Radio Scotland on Mondays, 8.05-10pm, and co-hosts Rapal TV on BBC Alba on Thursdays, 10pm. His book Songs In The Key Of Fife is out now, published by Polygon. Contact Vic at www.twitter.com/vicgalloway.