Skip to main content

A survey conducted by marketing firm Fractl has drawn surprising inferences about some of the world's biggest festivals. Attendees of Woodstock, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man and others offered up data that, while preliminary at best, contradict some of the notions surrounding such events.

For starters, despite Burning Man's reputation as a "transformative" gathering, only 73.4% attendees surveyed for Music Festival Experiences Analyzed Over Time reported life-changing experiences. By comparison, 74.5% said the same of EDC and 78.4% said the same of Ultra.

An infographic on music festival experiences funded by Cloud Cover Music.

Burning Man did come out on top in two other categories. More of the surveyed attendees admitted to having partaken in drugs and alcohol than those of other events, and it also ranked as the most conducive to new friendships. Meanwhile, EDC beat out all the other festivals as most artistic and spiritual based on their responses.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

entergalactic-blogroll-1664234430891

Listen to Skrillex and Steve Aoki's Production on Kid Cudi's Stunning "Entergalactic" Album

"Entergalactic" has been lauded as a creative breakthrough for Cudi, who joined forces with two of the world's most popular electronic producers to breathe life into its music.

Evolutions Festival 1

Dirt Monkey, Jantsen, Mersiv and More to Headline Evolutions Festival 2022

The fest is returning to Pattersonville, New York for a three-day bass music spectacular.

FNGRS CRSSD event

Kaskade, Chris Lake, FISHER, More Announced for FNGRS CRSSD's New NYE Event

The inaugural PROPER NYE is stacked with house music heavyweights.

An infographic on music festival experiences funded by Cloud Cover Music.
An infographic on music festival experiences funded by Cloud Cover Music.

Music Festival Experiences Analyzed Over Time should not be taken at face value, however. Cloud Cover Music funded the study, and the background music streaming platform arguably stands to gain more from the findings generating buzz than from them leading to statistically conclusive discoveries. The responses of only 665 festivalgoers were included - an even smaller number than the already cursory sample sizes used in previous studies conducted by Fractl

At that, the number of participants who attended each individual festival was even smaller. The infographic itself discloses out that only 17 respondents who attended Woodstock were surveyed to determine that the iconic 1969 festival averaged most life-changing at 82.4%. A spokesperson on behalf of Fractl told EDM.com that only 65 Burning Man attendees' answers derived the event's own figure - although to the content marketing agency's credit, it does fall quite close to findings published in 2016 by the Black Rock City Census.

The full Music Festival Experiences Analyzed Over Time study includes other data gathered from the 665 respondents, and it at least highlights how compelling the findings of a more conclusive study could be. Read the rest of the infographics on the Cloud Cover Music website.

Related

Ultra Music Festival Stage

City of Miami Faces Lawsuit over Ultra Music Festival amid Continued Contract Delays

Ultra Music Festival's 2020 return to Bayfront Park is being met with resistance from locals.

Ultra Music Festival Stage

Ultra Abu Dhabi Postponed Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The debut of Ultra Abu Dhabi will not go as planned because of the new coronavirus.

A computer graphics rendering of the Temple of Direction at the 2019 edition of Burning Man.

Burning Man Announces The Temple of Direction for 2019 Edition

The Temple of Direction has been selected for next year by Burning Man Arts.

A photo of fireworks going off above EDC Las Vegas courtesy of Insomniac photographer Jake West.

Lineup by Day Announced for EDC Las Vegas 2020

Electric Daisy Carnival's flagship event will return to the Las Vegas Speedway May 15th-17th, 2020.

The man burns

How to Find the Best Music at Burning Man

There is no definitive guide to Burning Man. That’s the beauty of the burn.

Ultra Music Festival Stage

Ultra Music Festival Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainability with Return of "Mission: Home"

Ultra Music Festival has dramatically reduced its environmental footprint by enacting sustainable initiatives.

A photo of the main stage with fireworks going off at EDC Las Vegas 2018.

Insomniac Announces On-Sale Date for EDC Las Vegas 2020 Tickets

At the end of the week, you'll be able to lock in your EDC Las Vegas 2020 tickets.

A photo of the main stage with fireworks going off at EDC Las Vegas 2018.

Pasquale Rotella to Announce EDC Las Vegas 2020 Lineup on Night Owl Radio

EDC Las Vegas' lineup drop is right around the corner.