The Music Festival Junkies 50: July 2014

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A few fans showing their pleasure at July’s Pitchfork Festival (#50)

Scream out loud — it’s been a great year for music festivals. Welcome to The Music Festival Junkies 50, our semi-scientific analysis of what’s hot out there in the festival world. Every month, the staff compiles reams of data, crunches the numbers, takes a nap, and delivers up another batch of the The MFJ50!

Now that the bulk of the mega-festivals are hibernating until 2015, the MFJ50 starts moving and shaking with opportunities for wildcards to make a run through the ranks. This month we add “fests on the bubble” — 15 festivals that just missed the cut and fill in spots #51-60. Also, make sure to keep an eye out  for our massive 2014 Mid-Year Recap in which we check the most popular festivals so far this year.

Winter is Heating Up
Festivals are now packed into every weekend and more than ever are moving into the shoulder season to stand out from the pack. The generally empty weekends of winter are slowly gaining some steam like Fun Fun Fun Fest (#36), Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando (#25), and SnowGlobe (#20). Check out even more winter festivals here.

Movers and Shakers
The New Jersey FarmFest (#11), harvested an impressive debut on the MFJ50. The Imagine Festival (#13) dreamed their way up 29 spots from last month while Gathering of the Vibes (#7) jammed into the top 10.

The MFJ50: July 2014

  1. Electric Zoo 2014
  2. Lollapalooza 2014
  3. Treasure Island 2014
  4. Outside Lands 2014
  5. Hard Summer 2014
  6. Northern Nights 2014
  7. Gathering of the Vibes 2014
  8. FYF Fest 2014
  9. The Hudson Project 2014
  10. First City Festival 2014
  11. Farmfest 2014
  12. Summer Set Music Festival 2014
  13. Imagine Festival 2014
  14. Forever Never Land 2014
  15. Gulf Coast Jam 2014
  16. Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014
  17. Austin City Limits 2014
  18. Trillectro 2014
  19. The Peach Music Festival 2014
  20. Snowglobe 2014
  21. Catskill Chill Music Festival 2014
  22. Voodoo Music Experience 2014
  23. Aftershock 2014
  24. North Coast Music Festival 2014
  25. Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando 2014
  26. The Fest 2014
  27. Flood City Festival 2014
  28. Arise 2014
  29. Tomorrowland 2014
  30. Grassroots 2014
  31. Way Over Yonder 2014
  32. 4Knots Festival 2014
  33. Moe.Down 2014
  34. Americana Music Festival 2014
  35. Campfire Music Festival 2014
  36. Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014
  37. Jam Cruise 2015
  38. Wills Mountain Festival 2014
  39. Mayhem Festival 2014
  40. Camp Barefoot 2014
  41. Fashion Meets Music Festival 2014
  42. Midpoint Music Festival 2014
  43. Boston Calling Fall 2014
  44. Sun City 2014
  45. Bumbershoot 2014
  46. Amsterdam Dance Event 2014
  47. Berlin Festival 2014
  48. MusicfestNW (MFNW) 2014
  49. Secret Stages 2014
  50. Pitchfork Music Festival: Chicago 2014

    On The Bubble

  51. Capitol Hill Block Party 2014
  52. Holy Ship! 2015
  53. Rendezvous Music Festival 2014
  54. Bear Creek Music Festival 2014
  55. Floydfest 2014
  56. Summer Meltdown 2014
  57. VELD 2014
  58. Rockaholica 2014
  59. Mysteryland Netherlands 2014
  60. Riot Fest Chicago 2014
  61. UMS 2014
  62. Forecastle Festival 2014
  63. Southern Brewers Festival 2014
  64. Decibel 2014
  65. Phases of the Moon 2014

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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