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Genre Trends at America's Biggest Music Festivals

September 30, 2022


Music festivals are not static entities. Just as musical tastes change through the years, music festivals can vary and evolve the makeup of their lineups. 

By assigning a music genre to each festival performer, Vivid Seats was able to analyze trends from the top music festivals, charting the percentage of each music genre over the years. It's clear that festivals are changing, as some genres of music grow in popularity like EDM, while others, like Rock, shrink. 

But no music festival is identical. Click the music genre tabs above each chart to single out a genre in each festival to observe its yearly trend. 

Coachella 

For over 20 years, Coachella lineups have spanned multiple genres and included standout performers like Harry Styles, Paul McCartney and many others. With star-studded lineups every year, Coachella continues to draw music fans who are willing to travel further to attend than any other festival.

Bonnaroo

If there's one major music festival that is the epitome of festival culture—it's Bonnaroo. Blending music, fashion, dance, and even camping, the annual four-day event in Manchester, Tenn., brings together thousands of people to experience today's biggest artists such as J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly and many more. 

Lollapalooza

Founded by Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction in 1991, Lollapalooza began as a touring festival before eventually transitioning to its current four-day celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. The festival always manages to curate one fo the most eclectic lineups, with a heavy emphasis on EDM, Rap and Pop. 

Austin City Limits 

Austin City Limits has carved out such a prominent space in the broader music world that it's well-known by a single acronym—ACL. From Rock to EDM, the festival spotlights more than one single genre, showcasing Austin's deep appreciation for live music of all kinds. 

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