Typical Festival Goers Prefer Alcohol, Drugs, Sex To Watching Bands Actually Play

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2013

A MSN UK study has unsurpringly found that festival goers typically prefer alcohol, drugs, and sex to watching the actual music that they paid hundreds of dollars for. Check out a report from MSN via NME below after the jump. 

Non-musical merrymaking at festivals apparently spans the generations, with 9% of middle-aged (aged 45-54) people quizzed admitting to using drugs at a festival, a fifth confessing to drinking heavily and 10% saying they’d slept with someone they met on site. Only 45% of people polled said they went to festivals for the music. 

Overall, 47% of the 2,000 people polled admitted to having done something they would “never consider doing outside of the music festival environment” while at a festival. Other reasons for attending festivals cited by those quizzed included the atmosphere, socialising with friends and the opportunity to escape from everyday life. 

In response to the poll, George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at Salford University, said: “Festivals are deeply rooted in the carnival tradition, which is to invert everyday expectations of normal behaviour. Historically, carnivals would have a ‘lord of misrule’ who oversaw the revelries and subversion of the ordinary rules of life. Music festivals continue to be places where we can escape reality and subvert the rules - whatever age we happen to be.”

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    Pathetic
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    While music festivals are indeed centered around live music, I think the biggest part of any festival is the atmosphere....
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    This makes me kind of amused and angry at the same time
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    Fuck off the biggest Australian Music Festivals like Creamfields and Stereosonic are the voice of a motivated and...
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    This is why I really don’t like crowds at most festivals
  15. this-simple-song reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    Hmm, interesting. I go for the music, personally. No for doing the sex or other shenanigans.
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    You don’t need a fucking “study” to know that this is true.
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    Coachella in a nutshell.
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