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EDM still the most popular genre at electronic music festivals: Report

At electronic music festivals, EDM continues to be the most popular genre, representing more than 20% of the lineups at major festivals.

In the Post-pandemic Festival Report released by Viberate and which aims to assess the upturn of festivals in this post-pandemic period, EDM is a clear dominant, standing out as the most popular genre in the main events. The word in this recovery period seems to be dance, dance, dance, at least when it comes to the most popular music genres. In another analysis presented in the same report by Viberate, we reported on a ranking of festivals that determined that the top three belonged to Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and Ultra Music Festival Miami. Taking these three super-events back into consideration, Viberate wanted to break down the sub-genres, lineup sizes and lineup overlap to uncover which sub-genres dominate the three major electronic festivals. Out of this top 3, Ultra is the most EDM-heavy, as its massive lineup is filled with a third of electronic dance music artists. This event is followed by techno with a slightly smaller percentage of 15% and then dubstep, which flags the lineup with 14% of the artists. EDM is also the leading sub-genre in the Tomorrowland and EDC lineups, with 24% in the former and 21% in the latter. Tomorrowland is undoubtedly, and by its nature, one of the festivals with a more ambitious lineup. In this one, beyond EDM, house music is very well represented, also surpassing 20%.

According to the Post-pandemic Festival Report, Electronic Dance Music is the most common music sub-genre at major festivals, always exceeding 20% in terms of its representation in line-ups. EDM seems to continue to be the preference and what festivalgoers are looking for at the moment.


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