Top 10 Bonnaroo Acts With The Fastest Growing Fan Bases


Previously in our “Bonnaroo By the Numbers” series, we discovered that hip-hop acts dominate Bonnaroo’s lineup in terms of sheer volume of social media fans. Now, we’ve compiled data from Next Big Sound to create a list of the bands that are growing their fan base (Facebook, Twitter, LastFM, MySpace, YouTube, etc.) the fastest. It’s based on month-over-month percentage change leading up to Bonnaroo. The list is topped with the always-animated, experimental band Man Man, presumably because their fourth album, Life Fantastic, was released last month. The Brooklyn-based, get-the-party-started band Matt & Kim are next on the list with a 209% increase in fans, including an enormous one-time spike of 35,000 fans on May 19 — the day after the duo announced their “Sidewalks” tour and the day they released their official video for “CAMERA” on their Facebook page.

Also on the list are some up-and-comers like Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, a Portland rock quartet that’s as comfortable playing jazz and blues as it is rock. The foursome, ranked #3 on the list, increased their social media fan base by 151%. They’ve been around since 2008, but released their debut album last month. After the jump, see all 10 bands on our list.

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  1. Spook Mitchel says:

    You want to hang with the Cool Kids? Then hitch a ride on the Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside bandwagon! You will not be disappointed. A JOY!

  2. Tom says:

    This data is incredibly suspect. I have access to Next Big Sound and there’s nothing to justify the figures shown here. Most of the artists highlighted here have incomplete profiles in Next Big Sound so at best the author had access to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace data only. The author is also clearly not looking at the full list of Bonnaroo performers because there are some major omissions including: Hayes Carll, Nicole Atkins, and Grace Potter — among many others.