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With the warm weather right around the corner, everyone is talking about one of the best things to do in the summer: music festivals! Â And why not, what’s not to love about music festivals? Â They’re outside, it’s warm, there’s music and beer. That is literally the best things about summer combined into one venue.
And while I don’t go to a lot of music festivals, I know a lot of people love them and I inevitably get caught up in the hype of the line-up announcements. The problem is, once the line up is announced, I have to sort of pretend that I’ve heard of the bands and I suspect a lot of people do too. Â I mean, I guess that’s okay. Part of the fun of a music festival is finding new bands to love. Or maybe I’m getting older and ever really knowing the majority of a music festival line up is now well out of reach. That’s why I wanted to do a little experiment and see just how bad the problem is.
Here’s the math equation that I’m using: The amount of bands I’ve heard of at the festival divided by the amount of bands playing at said festival Â The definition of “heard of” is this: “Hey, so and so is playing at a festival, have you heard of them? Â Yes.”
Let’s play. Feel free to put your percentages in the comments section:
August 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Number of bands performing: 100
Bands that I know: Â 17%
Number of bands performing: Â 250+ but only 12 have been announced so far.
Bands that I know (so far): 1.6%
Canadian Music Week (CMW):
May 6th to 10th.
Number of bands performing: Â 483
Band that I know: 1%
Number of bands performing: 153
Number of bands that I know: 1%
-I need to listen to more CBC Radio 3.
-Festivals are just making up Â the bands, because who is actually going to follow up and check the entire line up?