Been to a festival this year yet? Perhaps there’s one in your diary you are counting down the days until? That’s right, festival season in full swing, with Glasto already flying by and Y Not and Kendal Calling kicking off this very weekend.
 
There’s no doubt that festivals are a powerful medium, bringing all walks of life together for sheer enjoyment. With that, it’s no wonder they have only grown in popularity. 
 
While some of these events have always had pretty large crowds, others started from much more humble beginnings. The team at StubHub love the festival-buzz, so decided to find out which festivals have become the all-time faves since they started out. Just who has taken the world of festivals by storm? 
 
Top 10 Fastest Growing Festivals (& Growth Since First Year)
  1. Amsterdam Dance Event, Netherlands- 23,233%

  2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -17,043%

  3. Glastonbury Festival, UK – 8,900%

  4. Boomtown Fair, UK – 6,500%

  5. Green Man Festival, UK – 3,233%

  6. South by Southwest, Texas – 2,757%

  7. Electric Daisy Carnival, Vegas – 2,600%

  8. Dour Festival, Belgium – 2,320%

  9. Strawberries & Creem, UK – 1,775%

  10. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Australia – 1,329%

 
The Fastest Growing Festival Genre – EDM
The Oldest, Most Popular Festival – New Orleans Jazz Festival, US
The Fastest Growth in The Shortest Time – Mad Cool Festival, Spain
Biggest Growth in Past Decade – Boomtown Fair, UK
Most Common Festival Location – USA
Decade of The Festival Start-Up – 2000
Festivals With No Growth – Secret Solstice & Wilderness Fest
The Most Attended Festival – Summerfest
The Most Popular UK Festival – Capital FM Summertime Ball
 
Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary
 
Genre: Various
First year: 1993
Original capacity: 40,000
Current capacity: 90,000
Growth numbers: 50,000
%Growth: 125%
 
To see the full list of festivals and find out the growth of other festivals, simply click here.

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