For a week or so, Festify was all the rage on social media. It was an app that created fictitious festival lineups based on one’s Spotify listening habits. One could create a lineup based on the most listened to artists over the course of a month, six months, or one’s entire time on Spotify. The bill would have the most listened to artist as the headliner, and acts with fewer plays receiving lower billing. Needless to say, that could create some interesting, and unlikely, lineups. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m sure The Rolling Stones wouldn’t mind being early to mid-day in a festival featuring Alkaline Trio near the headlining status. And yes, I saw that on someone’s Festify lineup.
The Ghost decided to try out all three lineup generators (one month, six months, and lifetime) and come up with a potential festival lineup. I encountered a few issues. First of all, I too had lineups where the most played artist did not necessarily make sense as a headliner. In addition, there were many repeats among the three lineups, not to mention some non-local acts making the cut (yes, The Ghost does listen to music beyond Texas state lines). Finally, I felt I had to exclude Dove Hunter from the lineup. The Ghost just isn’t ready for the Jayson Wortham hologram.
To help fill in the festival gaps, I found another app that dove deeper into my listening habits. I also selected a few artists of my choosing that represented my musical tastes. After compiling an artist list that could spread over three days of festing, I created a lineup order that made sense based on the popularity of the artists. These lineups are by no means perfect. While the headlining choices are rather obvious, there is much more room for debate on the order the throughout the middle and the openings of these lineups.
I gave this imaginary festival the name of The Ghostified Gathering, because The Ghost loves his alliteration. This non-real lineup would span the course of three days, and is a rather fair representation of my local music listening habits. I even designed a poster for this fake event, showing the lineups for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Note that no real dates are given, since the festival itself isn’t real. I also created Spotify playlists for each of the three days of this festival that, to reiterate one more time, is not a real festival!!!
Although if some sponsors, band, and the like wanted to make The Ghostified Gathering a reality instead of a fantasy, I would have no issue with that.
Old 97’s, Charley Crockett, The Deathray Davies, Northern National, Vandoliers, Ron Bultongez, Moving Panoramas, Bryce Bangs, Royal Sons, Calhoun, Sub-Sahara, Xuan, Blushing, Garrett Owen, Vodeo, Ansley, Paper Saints, Daisy O’Connor, Duell, Lorelei K, The Fibs, Tippy Balady, Andrew Delaney, American Dreamer
Toadies, Sarah Jaffe, Bobby Sessions, True Widow, Calliope Musicals, Quaker City Night Hawks, Jackie Venson. Rosegarden Funeral Party, Chilldren of Indigo, Cut Throat Finches, Daniel Markham, Mind Spiders, Quiet Company, The Bralettes, Becky Middleton, Eimaral Sol, Siberian Traps, Mitchell Ferguson, Ducado Vega, Trauma Ray, Emmeline, Svenny Baby!, Sonar Lights, Brigitte Mena
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, David Ramirez, Ishi, Reagan James, Dead Flowers, Glorietta, American Werewolf Academy, Atlantis Aquarius, Acid Carousel, Sweet Spirit, Salim Nourallah, Nite, Monoculture, Vanessa Peters, The Gibbonses, Jenna Clark, The Cover Letter, Rahim Quazi, Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers, Sleepspent, Trees Marie and the Heavy Hearts, Squeezebox Bandits, Devi, Anna Larson