Festivals: We’re not in it for the music…
More than half of those who attend festivals aren’t there for the music, claims a survey.
Instead, 55% of weekender crowds go to enjoy the atmosphere and to escape from the rat race.
And some are there simply to misbehave, with 10% of those aged between 45 and 55 sleeping with strangers, 9% taking illegal drugs and 20% deliberately drinking to excess. One in 50 of them get involved in fights and some set fire to tents.
MSN, who published the study, say the average spend at a festival is £423.01, meaning most people aged 18 to 24 can’t afford to go.
And during the weekend adventure, 47% of people admit they behave in a manner they would “never consider” elsewhere.
Cultural Studies Professor George McKay tells the Daily Mail: “Festivals are deeply rooted in the carnival tradition, which is to invert expectations of normal behaviour.
“Remember that hippie slogan from the 1970s: ‘You’re never too old for a happy childhood’? Music festivals continue to be places where we can escape reality and subvert the rules, no matter what age we happen to be.”
Meanwhile, the study suggests rain and mud isn’t the big turn-off many think it is, with just one in eight people saying they wouldn’t go to a festival if they knew bad weather was predicted.
But a pair of wellies is top of the list when it comes to essential items, along with wet-wipes and clean underwear.
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