Festival Goers Prefer Alcohol and Drugs Over Music, Claims the Latest Research

A new poll discovers that an average festival crowd member would rather drink and have sex than watch the bands play.

Festival Goers Prefer Alcohol and Drugs Over Music, Claims the Latest Research
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According to the latest research, an average member of the festival crowd prefers spending his time drinking, doing drugs and having sex over watching the bands play. MSN recently asked 2,000 festival goers regarding their concert behavior, discovering that only 45 percent of the crowd attends festivals for the actual music, naming the atmosphere and a chance to escape the everyday routine as some of the main reasons for going, NME reports. The result also point out that 47 percent have done something they would "never consider doing outside of the music festival environment" at one of the music events. About 25 percent admitted sleeping with a stranger at a festival, 21 percent said they used drugs and 13 percent got involved in a fight. Even the older generations showed similar behavior patterns; nine percent of the middle-aged (aged between 45 and 54) festival goers admitted taking drugs, 20 percent drank heavily, while 10 percent said they had slept with a stranger. Professor of Cultural Studies at Salford University George McKay gave his comments on the poll results, saying, "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." What is the reason of your festival visits?

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    Laimbo
    Not trying to be the fun police or anything, I'm pro sex, drugs and beer, but it does bug me when at the end of the night there's a bunch of drunk guys in the pit who don't care about the band but just want to pick fights and punch stuff. Rural concerts seem to be much worse for this.
    sigmar777
    Incredible as it may sound, not all festivals are like that. Some, like Roskilde festival in Denmark, have incredibly nice atmospheres, with basically no fights at all, everybody is helpful and happy. That's the good kind of festival.
    jrodgers
    Except when 9 people were crushed to death there during Pearl Jam's set in 2000...
    synyster_A7X
    'MSN recently polled..' 'MSN polled..' 'MSN..' well there you have it
    metalchris87
    That's what i was thinking. Polls are never accurate because you can get the exact opposite results depending on how the questions were worded. Just like how asking people about global warming on a hot day will give you different results then on a cold day.
    bauhaus96
    If tabloids aren't overall very trustworthy when it comes to studies and science, what can we say of a hybrid of MSN + NME? To relate: call me a pussy but I don't dig anything alcoholic.
    vppark2
    I hear you. Hell, I have a problem with the over consumption of drugs of any kind. I've dealt with it before and it's not a fun experience. I get high anxiety from that. Just knowing your limits really helps.
    Dostoyevskian
    Sounds like you don't know how to enjoy yourself
    vppark2
    No, I just like to take care of my body. I know exactly how to enjoy myself, but also to know my limits. Personally, I think it's dumb to be overly drunk because you don't have as much control. But all bodies worj differently. My body can turn numb sometimes if I'm not careful, so it's just not worth it.
    bauhaus96
    Personally, I have a problem with the taste of pretty much all alcoholic drinks... I won't force myself to drink something I hate. Besides, when I did that (stupid teenage years...), I really didn't enjoy being drunk at all, so I just maintain distance. Of course, absolutely no objections to those who like a drink. (Since there's a very strange polarization going on nowadays between non-drinkers who think drinkers are a bunch of sheep and drinkers who think the non-drinkers are pussies, I thought I'd made this clear here.) Dostoyevskian, I don't have to get drunk to get out and have a laugh with my friends on weekends, man.
    Dostoyevskian
    Sounds like you've never driven down the 401 doing 200 km/h while waving a half empty forty out the window
    slowwy
    had myself 300 km/h had myself drug addicted had myself in strange places If you trying to keep your "persona" at maximum level of rock'n'roll than you gotta make some change in ur life, cuz after all no one really needs that.
    bauhaus96
    What if I told you... you can genuinely like rock music without getting shit-faced or being a stoner?
    vppark2
    This. And besides, the only time I really enjoy getting drunk is around hot girls. Shit gets fun ^_^
    shlepy
    despite the fact that they are mainstream media and despite they are very untrustworthy, this is actually true, I know people who'd rather get smashed, stoned, or get laid than enjoy a great band, if you want to do that kind of behavior go to a party or a club it's the same thing, just my opinion
    BjarnedeGraaf
    So agree with this.... I went to Rock im Park last weekend, and it was just SO hot that I went nd got myself a shitload of pepsi. Sure, I had some beers, but I didn't get drunk or stoned at all, and I'm dutch.. thats ****in saying something
    Crackheadrich
    ye well a few years back I went to a gig and got so drunk I didn't remember a thing about it after a certain point, which really sucks so I can see where you are coming from though I always get stoned for gigs and still have a great time!
    Rick_Diculous
    "As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll." - This is Spinal Tap
    morgan.butlerke
    I love the logic - Pay over $100 just to get into the Festival, don't listen to any of the music, buy overpriced alcohol, take drugs so you're so tripped out you don't even know who's playing.
    Eirien
    I usually don't like at least 80% of the bands that are on at any festival and they only play short sets anyway. If I go to a festival, it's more for the atmosphere. I just feel more outgoing at festivals and more comfortable talking to strangers. If people choose to drink, take drugs and have sex with strangers, I think that's fine but they should be responsible about it or they'll spoil it for others or themselves.
    MaXiMuse
    I think there is nothing wrong with being on a festival for just the atmosphere, it's a huge part of it
    IronTallicaDeth
    I almost always go to watch the band, and i usually have a few beers. Not enough to get me drunk though.
    crystalmonday80
    I've gone to Lollapalooza festival for two years in a row and there is always that one guy who is drunk/high and runs around head first like he's a freaking juggernaut knocking everything and everyone in his way. It really pisses me off because I want to enjoy the festival but I have to worry about my safety.
    AndyGray
    This is the reason that festivals still manage to sell out even though the lineups are poor. The reason a festival now sells out with 3 artists announced. The reason Glastonbury sells out before anybody is announced. Big festivals suck these days. The smaller 1-day events are loads better.
    Kueller917
    Not bothering to believe this statistics or not, but it is the reason I tend to go to solo shows instead of festivals more often (that and festivals are expensive). There are a lot of people who don't even care to see the bands. It's fine if they just hang around, it's your money you spent, but when they start ruining the crowd it's annoying. I kinda miss when festivals were more music enthusiast gatherings.
    Eirien
    Really? When was that? I mean, obviously it was sometime before the 1960s...
    Kueller917
    Well obviously not exclusively music interested, it's always been atmosphere based.
    korinaflyingv
    I definitely care more about the atmosphere and drugs at festivals. But that's mainly because I only tend to go to festivals with really good, consistent line ups, so I don't have to care, I just stumble around in a drug haze seeing whoever happens to be on.
    xwf
    It's definitely true at the electronic music festivals. I have friends that go to them for three days, and when they come home all they talk about is how messed up they got. None of them have anything to say about the music.
    My Last Words
    I wouldn't take these stats all too serious. Where I come from (the netherlands), there is an abundance of huge (both in and outdoor) electronic music festivals where basically everyone is tripping on coke or xtc. Literally everyone is wearing sunglasses and often free bottles of water are handed out to counter the dehydration caused by the drugs. I actually know a fair amount of people who participate in these kind of events and nearly all of them do it because of the 12-hour-trip experience, not because of some specific artists coming.
    UncleBluck
    And given the fact that most of the music produced and put out there the last 20 years is complete crap I cant say I am surprised.....
    bauhaus96
    Hey, Uncle Bluck! I know I'm 6 months late, but Happy New Year 1970! Have you heard of this new Led Zeppelin thing? They're buzzin'!
    FavDaddario
    It's all part of a great festival experience, however, I have to admit that if the choice came down to having sex (with a stranger) or seeing a band perform, I'd probably go with the sex... unless of course it was a REALLY great band