Average age of festival goer is now 30+ years old
Grace Carroll

15:39 16th May 2013

A new study has revealed that 60% of young people don't plan on going to a music festival this year, as they won't be able to afford it.

18-24 year olds have said that they will struggle to attend a festival due to lack of funds - which is pushing the average age of the festival-goer up above 30 years old. It also pointed out how expensive festivals usually are, with the average festival spend coming to £423.01.

The research, conducted by MSN used a sample of 2,000 people in the UK, and gave a breakdown of the expected festival costs. On average, attendants expect to spend £100 on their ticket, £80 on food and drink, £70 on camping equipment and £60 to get to and from the venue.

Only 1 in 10 Brits are saying that the price increase isn't an issue, even going so far as to say that they'd spend up to £800 at the festival. 

The average age of festival-goers has increased - as well as the average age of the headliners. The 10 most anticipated festival headliners of 2013 have an average age of 39 years and eight months, with 43% of attendees saying they're most excited to see acts which have been going for ten years at least.

Apparently festival-goers are getting older= - but you can't tell from this lot

According to the research, Mumford & Sons are the only headlining act at a UK festival who released their debut album within the last five years.

A summary of the festival research is below:

Average age of festival goers:
1) T In The Park - 37 years seven months
2) Glastonbury - 36 years eight months
3) Isle of Wight - 36 years one month
4) Reading and Leeds - 35 years eight months

Breakdown of what festival goers expect to pay for a UK festival - £423.01:
£103.66 on a ticket
£80.02 on food and drink
£71.61 on camping gear
£60.70 on transport
£49.67 on wet weather gear
£57.35 on festival fashion and dress-up

Favourite large festivals:
1) Glastonbury
2) V Festival
3) Reading
4) T in the Park
5) Leeds

Biggest confirmed festival headliners of 2013: Who's playing what this year

  • Biffy Clyro - Reading/Leeds Festival

  • Elton John - Bestival

  • The Stone Roses - Isle Of Wight Festival, Coachella

  • Mumford & Sons - T In The Park

  • Justin Timberlake - Wireless

  • Snoop Dogg - Bestival

  • My Bloody Valentine - Primavera

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coachella

  • Eminem - Reading/Leeds Festival

  • The Killers - Isle Of Wight Festival, T In The Park

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Primavera

  • Jay-Z - Wireless

  • System Of A Down - Reading/Leeds Festival

  • The Postal Service - Primavera

  • Bon Jovi - Isle Of Wight Festival

  • Rihanna - T In The Park

  • Blur - Primavera, Coachella

Photo: WENN