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Graphic: When Festival Booking Goes Too Far

Every spring, New Orleans puts on something called the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But as Jazz Fest has grown more and more popular, the headlining acts have had less and less to do with jazz or New Orleans heritage; this year, headliners include Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett and, of course, recent Album of the Year winners Arcade Fire.

Inviting artists like that to your Jazz & Heritage Festival is sort of like holding something called the Ragtime and Bonzo Skiffle-palooza and inviting Metallica. It just doesn't gel. Which led us to imagine: what if other well-known music festivals invited acts that didn't quite fit their theme?

Why, it might look something like...

American Folk Festival: Much like the Jazz & Heritage Festival, this year's American Folk Festival will be featuring just about everything but folk music, although we hear Iron Maiden's Dave Murray plays a mean banjo.

Pitchfork Music Festival: This year's Pitchfork Music Festival consists entirely of bands so new and cutting-edge, they haven't even been formed yet.

Glastonbury: Once a haven for independent and innovative artists, Glastonbury's 2011 line-up seems a little bit past its prime.

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Inferno Music Festival: Oslo's Inferno Music Festival is typically a showcase for death metal's most brutal Cookie Monster shriekers, although this year they seem to be taking a somewhat different approach. We hope they're well-stocked on hair spray.

South By Southwest: Some people have been saying that SXSW has gotten way too big and completely lost its original independent spirit. We say if rags-to-riches YouTube sensation Justin Bieber doesn't symbolize Austin's own plucky DIY vibe, then who does?


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