The Changing Face of Festivals

An exploration of UK festival genres over time

It’s a known fact that Grime and Glastonbury have a bit of a chequered history whilst rock fans at Reading & Leeds were outraged when headliners like Skepta and Kendrick Lamar were announced in recent years.

This raises the questions; have UK festival line-ups diversified or diluted over time? How have they evolved to move away from their core genre? And when did the shift begin?

We decided to investigate.

We’ve analysed 164 lineups from eight of the most popular UK festivals, across their two main stages, evaluating the genres of each act and comparing how they have changed over time.

  • Glastonbury
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Isle of Wight
  • Creamfields
  • Download
  • Lovebox
  • Wireless
  • Boomtown
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