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The 10 Most Overbooked Acts at Summer Music Festivals

on February 27, 2014, 3:15pm
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Photo by Joshua Mellin

Over the last several years, concertgoers have complained that the festival scene is oversaturated. Admittedly, each festival, from Indio to New York City, winds up looking increasingly similar side by side, year after year. In 2014, artists will perform an average of two summer music festivals – and many will play several more. That means fans around the world will collectively witness approximately 3,800 sets from 1,800 artists.

So, which acts are the biggest culprits?

For this week’s Festival Outlook, Michael Anderson combed through 100 of the biggest festivals in the market, from Manchester’s Bonnaroo to Oslo’s Øya, to identify the top 10 most overbooked acts at summer music festivals. (Some music fans refer to these with the un-PC term, “festival whores.”) Now, considering a number of major festivals have yet to release a 2014 lineup, we turned an eye to their 2013 bill.

The bands that follow fit one of three categories: a.) big-time acts who disappeared and are making a comeback, b.) relatively young bands who are quickly becoming a household name (or one-hit wonder), and c.) those that tour without pause. These are the artists who play more than just a couple festivals; they’re so in demand that they’re among the few who play 10 or more.

Shall we?

Note: Had every summer festival already announced their lineup, it’s possible Outkast would’ve nabbed the number-one spot, as they’re set to play 40 festivals.

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Michael Olejarczyk
February 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Black Keys headlined Coachella only once. Played back to back years.

February 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Queens of the Stone Age for sure. And if we look back a little beyond last year, I would say Chili Peppers would be number 1.

February 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

If you were going off last year … Mumford whored it up a bunch.

February 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Outkast…? 40 different festivals?

February 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Shhhh no need for logic here.

February 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I think it’s notable that Disclosure (#4) and Haim (#1) appeared at the Treasure Island Music Festival last fall – well done getting a jump on it Another Planet!

February 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

This site needs more lists. And slideshows.


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