Glastonbury has been voted the best music festival in the UK and the second best in the world, according to research by Slingo. Of the 50 festivals analysed, the Somerset show came out on top among other tough competitions like Parklife, Boomtown and Reading.
Aspects like price, social media following, size, and steps have all been considered. These 50 festivals were then ranked, giving each festival a normalized score out of 10 for each factor before taking an average festival score for each of the five factors.
With an average of 203,000 people attending each year, this massive five-day event is the largest on the list. 2022 will be no different, with Paul McCartney, Billie Elish and Kendrick Lamar all set to headline.
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The following five factors were analyzed:
The number of followers on each festival’s main Instagram account, as of March 4, 2022.
The cost of a full festival ticket. In each case, the cost of the cheapest available full ticket to the festival has been taken (excluding early bird releases) and converted from local currency to GBP and USD using XE’s exchange rates as of March 7, 2022 .
The total daily capacity for each festival. For each festival, we have taken the capacity of the most recent edition of the festival, except for those held with reduced numbers due to coronavirus restrictions. Note that this is the daily capacity of the festival, as opposed to the total number of people who attend the entire event.
The number of stages and zones at each festival, starting from the most recent edition of the festival.
Number of days
The total number of days the festival takes place, including all dates if a festival takes place over multiple weekends.
Glastonbury received a score of 7.43, just short of the 7.52 needed to top the world list. Tomorrowland in Belgium was crowned champion.
Overall, the best festival in the world is Tomorrowland. The Belgian festival has by far the biggest social media presence of any festival with 7.5 million followers and takes place over three different weekends in July, with 16 stunningly designed stages. Tomorrowland remains the one to beat with a total score of 7.51 out of 10.
In third place is Rock in Rio, which gives a total score of 7.19 out of 10. The festival achieved excellent results in all areas (despite having only three stages) with an audience social of 1.4 million, taking place over seven days, with around 100,000 people attending each day. It is one of the most historic festivals in the world, with around 1.5 million people attending the very first edition in 1985.
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