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Study Ranks Best Cities for Music Fans, How Does Your Rank?

With festival season beginning to bloom, music fans are all too eager to make it to their favorite concert or festival.

As we all know, Dance Music is notorious for hosting some of the most electric (no pun intended) and exciting festivals in all of entertainment. While events like that are fun to attend, they don’t give an accurate reading of how well an event can bring in local music fans.


Most festival goers are transients. They’re only there for the event and nothing else. With that said, many cities around the country have a vibrant live music scene and have a great reputation of drawing big crowds to a variety of shows. So now the question becomes, “What city has the best fans?”. Well, one website went to great lengths to answer this question.


A website called valuepenguin.com did an in depth study on the best cities in the US when it comes to music events. The list was compiled using a combination of three different categories- the amount of people an act can draw, the act itself and the location itself. Here’s the top 20 cities, according to Value Penguin’s studies.

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Seattle-Tacoma, WA
  4. Madison, WI
  5. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  6. Albany, NY
  7. Tucson, AZ
  8. Rochester, NY
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  11. Salt Lake City, UT
  12. Milwaukee, WI
  13. Portland, OR
  14. Eugene, OR
  15. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  16. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  17. Asheville, NC
  18. Burlington, VT
  19. Boulder, CO
  20. Binghampton, NY


Surprised by some of the cities on the list? Remember, the study is based on numbers per capita. Obviously, some of the cities on the list aren’t major metropolitan cities by any means but according to the study, they consistently support acts that come to their town.


The study also categorizes the best cities for musicians (per 1000 people), radio stations (per 1000 people), record studios (per 1000 people) and music based degrees (per 1000 people). So what does this say about EDM shows and their potential for growth? Well, perhaps this could be a good tool for event organizers to find new places that they can go to host events. For the entire list, the link to read the full study.


Do you agree with the study and its methodology? What should have made the list? Tell us in the comments!

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Aric Manthey Contributing Writer

Writer, Musician, Producer. Probably everything in between. I look forward to bringing you the best possible coverage of all things EDM!

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