With Coachella’s first weekend (April 11-13) being the unofficial kickoff of the music festival season, StubHub ticket marketplace has drawn up an in-depth look at the festival landscape using their data, giving a glimpse into the top festivals and top acts performing throughout the season. Coachella Music Festival comes in at #1 on this years top list of the hottest, most in-demand acts and the biggest ticket sales.
With a stellar lineup consisting of the Outkast reunion, Muse, Arcade Fire, The Knife, The Replacements, Zedd, Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Lorde, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, The Pixies, Andre 3000 and many more, it is extremely hard to ignore this year's Coachella music festival. However, if you can't make it to Coachella this year, many of these acts are hitting other sites in the festival circuit.
StubHub has created a "Music Festival Lineup Bucket List" – these are the acts with the most visibility across all of the festival lineups ranked by the biggest year-over-year growth. This Bucket List is a guide for the must-see acts at festivals that you won’t want to miss!
FESTIVAL BUCKET LIST: ACTS PLAYING THE MOST FESTIVALS BY FASTEST GROWING
Using the top 16 selling festivals on StubHub (below) and identifying which acts perform in the most lineups, StubHub has ranked the ones that have experienced the most year over year growth since their last tour – these are the hottest, must-see acts.
TOP 16 MUSIC FESTIVALS:
3. CMA Music Fest
5. Country Megaticket
6. Bayou Country Superfest
7. Florida Country Superfest
8. Country Thunder USA
9. Watershed Music Festival
10. Sweetlife Festival
11. Telluride Bluegrass
12. Essence Music Festival
13. Spring Awakening
14. Bonnaroo Music Festival
15. Firefly Music Festival
16. Sasquatch Music Festival
CRITERIA: Based on the upcoming best selling 2014 festivals on StubHub in the United States starting with Coachella and afterwards. Festivals must have tickets on sale and their FULL Lineups announced to be considered for inclusion in this list. Note: Among the festivals that did not qualify based on the aforementioned criteria are (not a comprehensive list): Ultra, iHeart Radio Country, Country 2 Country and Jazz in the Gardens (pre- Coachella), Wireless Festival and Country 2 Country (they're in the UK), EDC Vegas, OVO Festival, Austin City Limits (full lineups had not been announced).
- Coachella sales are up 59% over last year's sales – Its headliners includes a reunion of hip hop duo OutKast's return to the stage – with Big Boi and Andre 3000's reunion since a long hiatus for nearly eight years as the two worked on individual projects.
- Rise of Country – The country genre today can arguably be called what EDM was three years ago as Stagecoach's sales on StubHub rose over 600% since last year and Ultra's sales are down 66% this year (note that last year's Ultra festival featured Swedish House Mafia's last concert as a group and featured two weekends).
- Established acts top the list – Some of the most visible acts across on the lineups of StubHub's top 16 festivals include established acts that keep hitting the road and, again, many of them are country acts: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Eric Church, for example.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME:
Coachella (with 45% of buyers being from outside of California), Lollapalooza (with 44% of buyers being from outside of Illinois) and Stagecoach (with 21% of buyers being from outside of California) have the greatest number of music fans who will travel. Where do they come from – as far away from Australia, Spain and Hong Kong, and Canadians are clearly some of the biggest country fans.
So, if you don't have to work this summer, you can just be a big music festival groupie and travel all over the country to get your favorite acts over and over! Rock on!