PAPER
on the front lines of cultural chaos since 1984.
crunch time
musicfest.jpg(Photo by Eva Rinaldi)

With the Governors Ball taking place this weekend, right on the heels of Summer Jam last week, the summer music season is upon us. We at Papermag started wondering which acts were most prevalent at this summer's music festivals. We tallied up the nearly 1600 artists playing 38 music festivals this summer, sticking to festivals in the US and leaving out those with fewer than fifteen acts (4Knots Fest, Sandy Parts Fest), as well as touring festivals (Hard Fest, Fools Gold Block Party, Warped Tour), and festivals that lasted longer than a weekend (Milwaukee Summerfest). Here are the busiest acts:

11 Festival Appearances
Baauer, Robert Delong

10 Festival Appearances
Dillon Francis, Matt and Kim

9 Festival Appearances
Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit

8 Festival Appearances
A-Trak, Holy Ghost! (includes DJ set), Twenty One Pilots

7 Festival Appearances
Boys Noize (includes performances in supergroup Dog Blood), Clockwork,Delta Rae, Killer Mike (includes performances in supergroup Run the Jewels), the Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Mowgli's, Toro y Moi

baauercoachella.jpg
Baauer at Coachella; photo by ANDR3W A on Flickr

Most Common Line-Ups
By averaging the number of festivals played by each performer at a given festival, we calculated a "uniqueness quotient." The lower the number, the more unique the line-up. The quotient includes comedians but generally excludes theater troupes, light shows, and other such non-musical entertainment. Below, we've ranked the festivals by descending uniqueness quotient. Italics denote festivals that have already taken place.

1.    Kanrocksas (6/28-9, Kansas Speedway, Kansas): 3.91
2.    Firefly (6/21-3, Dover, Delaware): 3.90
3.    Hangout (5/17-9, Gulf Shores, Alabama): 3.70
4.    Boston Calling (5/25-6, Boston, Massachusetts): 3.63
5.    Governors Ball (6/7-9, New York, New York):3.64
6.    Loufest (9/7-8, St. Louis, Missouri): 3.55
7.    Electric Zoo (8/30-9/1, New York, New York): 3.39
8.    Made in America (8/31-9/1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): 3.36
9.    Forecastle (7/12-4, Louisville, Kentucky): 3.25
10.    Outside Lands (8/9-11, San Francisco, California): 3.20
11.    Lollapalooza (8/2-4, Chicago, Illinois): 3.19
12.    Sunset (5/25, Tampa, Florida): 3.14
13.    Camp Bisco (7/11-3, Albany): 3.08
14.    Bonnaroo (6/13-6): 2.84
15.    Live 105's BFD (5/19, Mountainview, CA): 2.76
16.    Global Dance (7/19-21, Red Rocks, CO): 2.69
17.    Newport Folk (7/26-8): 2.69
18.    Sasquatch (5/24-7): 2.69
19.    Electric Forest Festival (6/27-30, Rothbury, MI): 2.61
20.    Roots Picnic (6/1, Philadelphia): 2.59
21.    Orion Music and More (6/8-9, Detroit): 2.51
22.    FYF Fest (8/24-5): 2.36
23.    My Life Every Day USA (5/25-6, San Diego, California): 2.24
24.    Electric Daisy Carnival(6/21-3, Las Vegas): 2.20
25.    Free Press (6/1-2, Houston): 2.20
26.    Great Googa Mooga (5/17-9): 2.19
27.    Pitchfork (7/19-21): 2.19
28.    Hot 97's Summer Jam (6/2, East Rutherford, NJ): 2.16
29.    Mountain Jam (6/6-9, Hunter Mountain, NY):2.16
30.    Summer Set (8/24-6, Somerset, WI):2.10
31.    Bumbershoot (8/31-9/2, Seattle):2.10
32.    Wakarusa (5/30-6/2, Ozark, AR): 2.07
33.    Bunbury (7/12-4, Cincinatti): 1.96
34.    Launch (9/7-8, Sacramento): 1.86
35.    Capitol Hill Block Party (7/26-8, Seattle): 1.74
36.    Gathering of the Vibes (7/25-8, Bridgeport): 1.71
37.    Nelsonville Music Festival (5/30-6/2): 1.69
38.    Solid Sound (6/21-3, North Adams, MA): 1.67
39.    Make Music Pasadena (6/1): 1.31

mattkim.jpgMatt and Kim; photo by Tony Shek on Flickr

Female Performer Quotient
In response to recent discussion about gender parity in festival line-ups, we also looked at the line-ups in terms of female representation. Being as generous as possible, we counted every act that included a female performer, putting back-up singers on the same level as bandleaders. 22.30% of the bands surveyed had a female member; here's how the individual festivals stacked up. It might not surprise you that the folk-oriented Nelsonville and Newport ranked toward the top, while the more EDM-oriented festivals ranked toward the bottom.

1.    Make Music Pasadena: 69.44%
2.    Nelsonville Music Festival: 48.98%
3.    Great GoogaMooga: 46.15%
4.    Newport Folk Festival: 42.22%
5.    Boston Calling: 42.11%
6.    Bumbershoot: 39.00%
7.    Capitol Hill Block Party: 36.96%
8.    Pitchfork: 36.17%
9.    Firefly: 35.71%
10.    Loufest: 34.48%
11.    Launch: 31.82%
12.    Governors Ball: 30.30%
13.    Forecastle: 29.82
14.    Bonnaroo: 29.59%
15.    Mountain Jam: 29.55%
16.    Outside Lands: 28.79%
17.    Hangout: 27.54%
18.    Free Press: 26.51%
19.    Bunbury: 26.25%
20.    Lollapalooza: 25.40%
21.    Kanrocksas: 24.62%
22.    Live 105's BFD: 24.32%
23.    Roots Picnic: 23.53%
24.    FYF Fest: 23.21%
25.    Solid Sound: 22.22%
26.    Made in America: 19.44%
27.    Wakarusa Fest: 16.13%
28.    Orion: 15.38%
29.    Sasquatch: 14.96%
30.    Electric Forest: 14.85%
31.    Gathering of the Vibes: 13.16%
32.    Global Dance: 11.54%
33.    Sunset Fest: 9.09%
34.    Summer Set: 6.90%
35.    Electric Daisy Carnival: 4.97%
36.    My Life Every Day USA: 4.73%
37.    Camp Bisco: 2.60%
38.    Electric Zoo: 1.85%
39.    Summer Jam: 0.00%*
(*Note: Nicki Minaj, though not on the bill, made a guest appearance)

lanceherbstrong.jpgLance Herbstrong photo by Amy Mueller on Flickr

Worst Band Names
Finally, below are the 70 worst band names of the nearly 1600 bands surveyed:

All Shall Perish

American Authors

Anya & the Get Down (less resilient than Thao)

Art Department

Arty

Bass Kleph

Bingo Players (a band of retirees?)

Brite Lite Brite

Bro Safari

Buddha's Groove Shoes

Captain Comfy

Chancellor Warhol

Deadkill

Down North

The Dunwells

Earphunk

Family of the Year

Freedom Fry

Fukkk Offf

Funtcase

Future Rock

Gaytheist

Gigamesh

DJ Girl 6

Gramatik

He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Hey Marseilles

Hobo

DJ Hype

Infectious Grooves

Jesse Jamz

Knowmads

Krewella

LA Riots

Lance Herbstrong

Le Castle Vania

A Lion Named Roar

Machines Are People Too

Manufactured Superstars

McLovins

Monogamy Party

Mord Fustang

The Mowgli's (that fucking apostrophe!)

Nahko and Medicine for the People

O'Brother

The Orwells

PANTyRaid

Peanut Butter Lovesicle

Planet Hemp

The Polish Ambassador

R3hab

The Record Company

Rin Tin Tiger

Shpongle

Shreddie Mercury

Sons of Fathers

Spaceneedles (guess where they're from)

Staying for the Weekend

Swanky Tunes

Technoboy

Tribal Seeds (yes, they have dreadlocks)

Tuneboy

Twiddle

Ubu Roi (dudes, there's already a band named after that play)

Vokab Kompany

We Are Snapdragon

Wick-It the Instigator

Xperience

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

You, You're Awesome


Comments...