The Music Festival Wizard 50: February 2016

Black Lips performing a late afternoon set @ Osheaga. Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti/MFW

Black Lips @ Osheaga. Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti/MFW

Welcome to the Music Festival Wizard 50, our semi-scientific analysis of the most popular festival guides on this here website. Every month, we crack open a few beers, crunch the numbers, and take stock of what’s happening in the world of music festivals. Here’s what happened during the month of February.

The Rise of Canada
The Montreal based Osheaga (#1) kept a lock on the top spot this month with their lineup announcement. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Bluesfest pulled a surprising leap of 33 spots to land in the runner up position — they also revealed their massive lineup in February. Further down in The 50, Toronto’s North by Northeast (#41) worked their way up 81 places to break onto the list.

Movers and Shakers
Bonnaroo (#8) made a mad dash up the MFW50 climbing 57 spots while Lollapalooza (#12) jumped a hefty 107 places to land just outside the top 10. Speculation on the fate of the Squamish Valley Music Festival (#14) moved it 83 spots only to ultimately reveal that the fest has been cancelled.

Say Hello to the Newcomers
Two Florida festivals made their debut on the MFW50 this month. Sunfest Festival (#30) and the Suwannee Springfest (#48) both appeared for their first time. They’re joined by The Roots Picnic (#45) held annually outside of Philadelphia.

Tales From the Bubble (aka #51-75)
Lots of festivals making a move up the rankings this past month. Here’s three we expect to see soon in the MFW50: The Quebec City Summer Festival (#131) claimed 130 places this month while FYF Fest (#51) made a move of 122 places to finish just outside the list. Meanwhile, the relatively new Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta (#58) pulled a stunner with a 272 point rally out of nowhere.

Rank / FestivalChange
  1. Osheaga 20160
  2. Ottawa Bluesfest 201633
  3. Coachella Music Festival 20160
  4. Soundset 20167
  5. South By Southwest (SXSW) 2016-1
  6. Rockfest Kansas City 201620
  7. Okeechobee Music Festival 2016-5
  8. Bonnaroo Music Festival 201657
  9. Governors Ball Music Festival 2016-2
  10. SweetWater 420 Festival 2016-4
  11. Outside Lands 2016-6
  12. Lollapalooza Chicago 2016106
  13. Summerfest 201625
  14. Squamish Valley Music Festival 201683
  15. Savannah Music Festival 20161
  16. CRSSD Festival 2016-3
  17. Hangout Festival 2016-2
  18. Euphoria Festival 20163
  19. Noise Pop 2016-10
  20. Shaky Knees Festival 2016-12
  21. California Roots 2016-2
  22. Mysteryland USA 20160
  23. Joshua Tree Spring 2016-5
  24. Firefly Music Festival 20161
  25. Ultra Miami 20165
  26. Bottlerock 2016-16
  27. Musink 201639
  28. Gasparilla Music Festival 2016-14
  29. Mountain Jam 20164
  30. Sunfest 2016N/A
  31. Welcome to Rockville 20169
  32. Sasquatch 2016-20
  33. Electric Forest 20166
  34. Lightning in a Bottle 2016-5
  35. Savannah Stopover 20161
  36. Rock on the Range 20169
  37. Levitation Chicago 20166
  38. New Orleans Jazz Festival 2016-18
  39. Boston Calling 20165
  40. Tortuga Music Festival 20169
  41. North by Northeast (NXNE) 201681
  42. Ultimate Music Experience 2016-5
  43. Summer Camp 20168
  44. Bunbury Music Festival 20168
  45. Roots Picnic 2016N/A
  46. Shaky Beats Festival 2016-4
  47. Stagecoach Music Festival 2016-6
  48. Suwannee Springfest 2016N/A
  49. Beale Street Music Festival 201612
  50. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 201666On The Bubble
  51. FYF Fest 2016122
  52. BUKU Music and Art Project 2016-6
  53. Austin City Limits 201611
  54. Northern Invasion 201623
  55. McDowell Mountain Music Festival 20167
  56. River City Rockfest 201622
  57. Quebec City Summer Festival 2016131
  58. The Wrecking Ball 2016272
  59. Treefort Music Festival 2016-5
  60. Electric Zoo 201630
  61. Moonstone 2016-6
  62. AURA Music & Arts Festival 20161
  63. Big Ears 2016N/A
  64. KAABOO 2016-8
  65. Imagine Festival 201635
  66. Sonic Bloom 20162
  67. The Untz Festival 20162
  68. Something Wonderful 201630
  69. Arise Music Festival 201616
  70. Pot of Gold 2016-10
  71. Monsters of Rock Cruise 201628
  72. So What?! 2016-14
  73. Chicago Open Air 2016N/A
  74. Levitation 20161
  75. Spring Awakening 2016N/A

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.