The MFWizard50: Most Popular Music Fests November 2016 (Europe and North America)

Vito Valentinetti Sonar Barcelona-12Welcome to the MFWizard50 — our monthly semi-scientific analysis of the most popular festivals on Music Festival Wizard. Every month, we crunch the numbers and take stock of what’s happening in the world of music festivals. 

North American Rankings November 2016

Coachella (#1) settles back into its top dog spot. Expect the king of US festivals to reign until May of next year. New kid on the block, Okeechobee (#4), returns for a sequel this March, and makes a surprising climb 14 spots this month past MFW50 stalwart SXSW (#5).

Rank / FestivalChange
  1. Coachella Music Festival 20173
  2. Snowglobe 20160
  3. Day For Night 20163
  4. Okeechobee Music Festival 201714
  5. South By Southwest (SXSW) 20175
  6. Noise Pop 201710
  7. Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2016-4
  8. Decadence 201622
  9. McDowell Mountain Festival 201732
  10. Shiprocked 201710
  11. Tomorrow Never Knows 2017N/A
  12. Ultra Miami 201721
  13. BUKU Music and Art Project 201722
  14. Euphoria Festival 201712
  15. Zen Awakening Festival 2016-3
  16. Jam Cruise 201711
  17. SweetWater 420 Festival 201725
  18. Hangout Fest 201772
  19. Bonnaroo Music Festival 201719
  20. Savannah Music Festival 201714
  21. Governors Ball Music Festival 20174
  22. High Water Festival 2017N/A
  23. Gasparilla Music Festival 201721
  24. Wanderlust Hawaii 201746
  25. Groove Cruise Miami 2017130
  26. House of Creatives 20164
  27. Gem and Jam 20177
  28. Decadence Arizona 201636
  29. Sunfest 201723
  30. Summerfest 201741
  31. Tortuga Music Festival 201718
  32. Outside Lands 20177
  33. Lollapalooza Chicago 201730
  34. Shaky Knees Festival 201720
  35. Monsters of Rock Cruise 201711
  36. Big Ears 201715
  37. Sunset Music Festival 2017122
  38. Stagecoach Music Festival 20172
  39. Sasquatch Festival 201713
  40. Shaky Beats Festival 2017N/A
  41. Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2016-44
  42. FYF Fest 2017N/A
  43. Neon Desert 2017110
  44. California Roots 201729
  45. Electric Forest 201718
  46. Firefly Music Festival 201726
  47. Welcome to Rockville 2017N/A
  48. Bottlerock Napa Valley 20174
  49. Rock on the Range 2017N/A
  50. The Rock Boat 2017-1

Europe Rankings November 2016

Spanish festivals were on top in November. The second year Mad Cool Festival (#1) and the debut of Download (#2) shows that Madrid is hungry for more fests.  Typically underrepresented in media, metal festivals are making their popularity known with Roadburn (#11) moving up 150 spots, Hellfest (#45) jumping into the MFW50, and Graspop Metal Meeting (#43) making some big moves.

Rank / Festival
  1. Mad Cool Festival 2017N/A
  2. Download Festival Spain 201788
  3. Primavera Sound 201710
  4. Download Festival France 2017170
  5. Rave on Snow 201612
  6. Northside Festival Denmark 2017112
  7. Rock Am Ring 201752
  8. Sonar Barcelona 201780
  9. Rise 2016-15
  10. Iceland Airwaves 2016-49
  11. Roadburn Festival 2017150
  12. Open’er Festival 201727
  13. Lollapalooza Paris 201743
  14. NOS Primavera Sound 201710
  15. Best Kept Secret Festival 201715
  16. Rock Im Park 201752
  17. Hideout Festival 2017 5
  18. NOS Alive 201732
  19. Pinkpop 2017N/A
  20. Hurricane Festival 20172
  21. Soundwave Croatia 2017N/A
  22. Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017-2
  23. Rock in Vienna 201792
  24. Nova Rock 201712
  25. Caprices Festival 201749
  26. Groezrock 2017132
  27. Tomorrowland 2017-23
  28. Spring Break Island 2017-17
  29. Horizon Festival 2017-20
  30. Snowattack 2017-24
  31. Rock Werchter 2017N/A
  32. Woodstock Festival Poland 2017123
  33. Snowboxx 2017-14
  34. Lost And Found Malta 2017N/A
  35. INmusic Festival 2017-12
  36. Roskilde Festival 20176
  37. Snowbombing 2017-18
  38. Super Bock Super Rock 2017N/A
  39. Hammerfest 2017-22
  40. Bravalla Festival 2017-12
  41. Wacken 20174
  42. Graspop Metal Meeting 2017133
  43. Secret Solstice Festival 2017-11
  44. Hellfest 2017N/A
  45. Main Square Festival 201762
  46. Southside Festival 20170
  47. Paradise City 2017-4
  48. Vida Festival 2017-22
  49. Le Guess Who? 2016-104
  50. Fresh Island Festival 201787
Written By

Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.