Mapping Ireland’s Major Music Festivals

This year I started writing posts comparing the size of the headlining acts of various festivals to see which festivals’ headliners were bigger. To do this I looked at the three headlining acts for festivals and added up their combined number of monthly listeners on Spotify and then compared them to the headliners of other festivals to see which festivals’ headliners were bigger.

They’ve proved quite popular so I said for this post I would take a look at five major Irish music festivals and map them according to size. The festivals I looked at were Electric Picnic, Longitude, Indiependence, Sea Sessions, and All Together Now. So I looked at the number of monthly Spotify listeners for the three headliners of each festival and graphed them on a map of Ireland according to size. The results of this can be seen below.

Major Irish Music Festivals Map Comparison

As can be seen, Dublin’s Longitude festival tops the lot and is followed by Donegal’s Sea Sessions, and then in third place come Ireland’s supposed ‘National Festival’ Electric Picnic. Struggling behind in fourth and fifth place are the festival of my native Cork, Indiependence and Waterford’s All Together Now.

By Daragh O’Leary

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