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Summer Concert Goers Rather Drink, Do Drugs Than Watch Bands

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Call it the summer of “Woodstock” – A new survey out says most summer concert goers would rather get drunk or high than actually watch the bands perform at a festival.

MSN polled 2,000 people. 45% said they went to a festival for the actual music. The rest? Well, that gets interesting.

47% said they did something they would “never consider” doing outside of a festival. “Never Consider” doing includes the 25% that admitted to having casual sex with a stranger at a festival. 21% came clean and said they did drugs while enjoying the music. Not surprising here, 13% said they got in to a fight at a festival.

What about the social aspect of the festival? Those polled said they have gone to a festival not for the bands but for “atmosphere, socializing with friends, and the opportunity to escape from everyday life.”

It should be noted that this poll was done in England where their festival crowds reach upwards of 200,000 plus attendees on a single day’s event. Still, some of the cultural aspects and behaviors don’t change much. Just ask George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at Salford University, who told NME:

Festivals are deeply rooted in the carnival tradition, which is to invert everyday expectations of normal behavior. 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.”

To close, just be safe in whatever ever “escape” you choose to partake in at any summer festival this year.


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