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Festival star chart shows Calvin Harris as most popular

Our resale site, GET ME IN!, has recently compiled data from its 17 most searched festivals to create its very own 2014 Festival Star Chart. The chart shows each headline act as a star in the night sky, which come together to form festival constellations.

There are now more than 400 festivals in the UK and with over three million fans in attendance this year alone, festivals are more popular than ever. With festival season drawing to a close, the chart makes it easy to see how this year’s lineups compare and, in some cases, overlap.

Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, Aerosmith, Arctic Monkeys, Chase & Status, Metallica and The Prodigy have all successfully secured two headlining spots this year. However, the biggest booking is Calvin Harris as he tops the bill for three festivals with the Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park and Creamfields.

The chart also shows that Rudimental are the rising stars of the festival circuit. After being bumped up into one of the headline slots at the last minute when Drake was unable to perform at Wireless, they have made more festival appearances than any other star chart act in a single year, and have also played the highest number of different festivals overall, having played at eleven of the seventeen considered. This is especially impressive as they have only been playing these festivals since 2012!

Some other interesting stats that came up while doing the research include:

  • Festival Star Calvin Harris has played T in the Park in his native Scotland every year since 2010, progressing from the 3rd stage in 2010, 2011 and 2012, to the 2nd stage in 2013 and finally hitting the mainstage, as its headliner, in 2014.
  • Kasabian have played the most headline slots in the last five years with seven appearances, while Chase & Status have had the most overall with 23 separate appearances across the assessed festivals.
  • When it comes to figures, the biggest selling act is Download and Calling Festival headliner Aerosmith who have sold over 150million records, followed by Metallica with 110million. The biggest Twitter following goes to Justin Timberlake with 33.2million followers and the most watched on YouTube is Linkin Park, whose videos have been viewed more than 1.5billion times.

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