Festival attendance set to decline in 2013 says YouGov poll

A report by YouGov SixthSense has found that music festival attendance is set for continued decline in 2013. The report reveals that just under a fifth (19 per cent) of UK festival-goers surveyed plan on going to a music festival in 2013, while 54 per cent say they won’t be going at all in 2013.

Over a third of respondents say music festivals are over-crowded and involve too much queuing, and of those who do not plan to attend a festival in 2013, 35 per cent say they are too expensive, 18 per cent are put off by poor weather and muddy fields, and 22 per cent say they plan to take a holiday instead of attending a music festival.

Live gigs In a separate live music report YouGov SixthSense explored the habits and preferences of UK gig-goers. The study found that 56 per cent of UK adults who have been to a live music event say the recession has had no impact on the number of live music events they attend, or the amount they spend on live gigs. However, a significant minority (36 per cent) say the recession has had an impact on the number of live music concerts they attend, or the amount they spend.

Among gig-goers, 44 per cent think smaller events are best for atmosphere, while 30 per cent think there is no difference between larger and smaller events in terms of atmosphere.

Commenting on the findings YouGov SixthSense research director, James McCoy said: “Our study suggests there is declining interest in attending music festivals that tend to span more than one day. Part of this is due to people having less money to spend, but many of the festival-goers we surveyed were turned off by poor weather and long queues. In contrast, our research indicates that a majority of those who attend live music concerts are not put off by the recession, and will continue going to gigs in 2013. This could be down to the fact that a single gig is much less of a commitment, both in terms of time and money, than going to a festival.”