Getting the most space on the marquee

One way to make sure that your band gets the most space on the marquee at SXSW is to have a really long band name. Some bands have done just that. Here’s a histogram of the name length of the 1200 or so artists that are appearing at SXSW:


This histogram shows that the most frequent band name length is 11 characters, (the average is 12.9 characters) with some as short as 3 characters, but there are quite a few with lengths of 30 characters or more, with one topping out at 43 characters.

Here are the bands that are getting the most space on the marquee:

  • Jon Langford And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Johnny Goudie and The Little Champions
  • Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
  • Solange and the Hadley Street Dreams
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Hermano L backed by Ranking Soldiers
  • Danny And The Champions Of The World
  • I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
  • Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears
  • Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies

And here the bands that are getting the least space:

  • WAZ
  • XYX
  • TAT
  • Mom
  • Fun
  • fiN
  • CLP
  • Cla
  • CKY
  • Blu
  • Aun

Note to bands – when you are picking the name for your band, try googling for it first – it is going to be a lot easier for people to find you with a name like “Jon Langford And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts” than for a band with the name “fun

  1. #1 by sumar on March 4, 2009 - 3:29 am

    I remember seeing a… “band” called Mom in Oakland earlier this year. This girl came out wearing only Minnie mouse ears a muzzle and a child’s size dress. While singing along to show tunes through a squeaky voice changer she poured milk all over her crotch and walked around trying to get people to drink out of the jug.

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