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.
Vivid Seats studied the music genre makeup of four major music festivals by assigning a music genre to every festival performer over the last five years. We then charted the percentage of each music genre for all festivals yearly. Even in just a five-year window, it's clear that festivals are changing, as some genres of music grow in popularity while others 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 five-year trend.
Austin City Limits
- In 2017, the percentage of Country and Folk music in Austin City Limits hit a four-year low, with just 10 percent of festival acts falling into that genre.
- Rap/Hip Hop is on the rise at Austin City Limits. After comprising just 6 percent of all acts in both 2014 and 2015, the genre represented 16 percent of ACL in 2018.
- The median price of Austin City Limits multi-day passes has risen 19 percent since 2014.
- In 2017, 14 percent of Bonnaroo's acts were of the Rap/Hip Hop genre, double the share it occupied at the festival in 2014 (7 percent). At 10 percent of the 2018 Bonnaroo lineup, this year's share of Rap/Hip Hop acts is 2.5 times the share that the genre enjoyed in 2015, when just 4 percent of the festival acts were of the Rap/Hip Hop variety.
- Dance/Electronica has grown each year over the past five years. In 2014, just 10 percent of Bonnaroo acts were Dance/Electronica. In 2018, more than a quarter (27 percent) of all performers fall into that genre.
- Rock has fallen in each of the last four years, from comprising 34 percent of the festival acts in 2015 to just 13 percent in 2018.
- The median price of Bonnaroo multi-day passes has fallen 12 percent since 2014.
- Dance/Electronica peaked at Coachella in 2015, when the genre occupied 42 percent of the entire festival. Twenty-seven percent of this year's acts were of the Dance/Electronica genre, declining each year since 2015.
- Coachella made waves for not having a single rock headliner for the first time ever in 2018. Overall, Rock accounted for 13 percent of the entire festival lineup. That percentage has fluctuated in recent years, with a low in 2015 of just 7 percent.
- The share of R&B acts doubled from 2017 to 2018. Pop has grown as well, hitting a highwater mark of 17 percent in 2016 and 2018.
- The median price of Coachella multi-day passes has risen 20 percent since 2014.
- It seems that as Pop grows at Lollapalooza, Alternative declines. In 2014, Alternative represented a fourth of all festival acts; in 2018, just 14 percent of all acts were Alternative. Conversely, Pop has grown from 13 percent to 19 percent during the same time frame.
- Also stealing share from Alternative is Rap/Hip Hop, which hovered at 11 percent in 2014 and 2015 but now represents 15 percent of the festival, including multiple headliners in 2018. R&B and Dance/Electronica both continue to grow.
- The median price of Lollapalooza multi-day passes has risen 20 percent since 2014.