Blurt Poll: Wilco Festival the Winner


It’s not you, it’s me:
BLURT readers are, like, so over music festivals.


By Fred Mills


Back in late August, for our latest BLURT poll (you know,
that silly thing that appears on the left-hand side of our home page, and
occasionally generates actual data instead of superfluous rankings), we queried
the readers on a topic we felt certain would be near and dear to their hearts:
contemporary music festivals. What with an extremely busy concert season once
again this year, starting late spring and extending into early fall, it seemed
a no-brainer that everyone would have attended at least one such event and
would have some strong feelings about it and others.


But as the saying goes – what if they gave a festival and
nobody came?


Turns out this poll was one of our weakest-drawing polls
ever. You can place the blame on the question or the methodology, but it sure
looks like you folks have finally had your fill, as only 23 people responded
(compared to 75-125, on average, each time we post a new poll).


We asked:


The 2010 festival
season is winding down, with just a handful of high profile events like ATP,
ACL and MoogFest left. Which of these were your favorites?


Ultra Music (March 26)

Coachella (April 16)

Stagecoach (April 24)

Merlefest (April 29)

Rock On The Range (May

Sasquatch! (May 29)

Mountain Jam (June 4)

Bonnaroo (June 10)

Glastonbury (June 23)

Electric Daisy
Carnival (June 25)

Pitchfork (July 16)

Lollapalooza (Aug. 5)

Wilco Solid Sound
(Aug. 13)

Mile High Festival (Aug.

Outside Lands (Aug. 14)


Some good events, eh? But as you can see from the results,
below, only a handful were picked, with most of those receiving a mere 1, 2 or
3 votes. Representative sample or not, this meant that the first-ever Wilco Solid Sound festival, held up in Massachusetts on August
13, was the clear winner, with a whopping (cough) SIX votes, or 26% of the


The Wilco bash did, in fact generate a glowing comment by
reader “Chandler,” however, and it’s worth
publishing here:  “Hands down the best
festival type situation I have ever been to in my 30 years of going to concerts
was Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.
That’s saying a lot since I have Pitchfork and Lolla in my backyard and I
eschew their overheated and overcrowded big fests for Solid Sound. It was a
calculated guess that it would be worth it and Wilco and Higher Ground


Meanwhile, though, what does all this portend for the 2011
festival season? Our magic 8-ball is at the repair shop, so we cannot say for
sure, but to all you wannabe promoters out there, take heed: things look
ominous. The BLURT readership has spoken…




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