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It’s true. Every music festival is starting to look the same

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
By Nikhil Sonnad, Amy X. Wang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Woodstock, 1969: eccentric, iconic, utterly singular.

Fast forward nearly five decades, and music festivals are not so much historic, one-time events anymore. There’s Coachella, Lollapalooza, Eaux Claires, Warped Tour, Austin City Limits, and the literally hundreds of other festivals taking place across the world each year.

In fact, the sweaty, crowded summer festival has become the last sacred space in music; the problem is that there are only so many trendy artists to go around at one time.

We looked at the lineups for 11 major festivals that will take place across the US this summer, for instance, and found a surprising amount of overlap. Below is a list of musicians slated to play at three or more of the 11 shows. If you’re thinking of dropping thousands of dollars to festival-hop this year, you may want to reconsider whether what you’ll be getting is all that unique. (On mobile, turn your phone sideways to see full list of festivals.)

We used data from the original lineup announcements, and as festivals frequently add new acts in the months afterward, the real overlap is even higher.

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