82% of music fans would attend a festival within six months of lockdown being lifted

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More than 80 per cent of fans would feel comfortable attending a music festival within six months of lockdown being lifted, a new survey has found.

Out of 110,000 festival-goers in the UK and Europe questioned by ticketing platform Festicket, 35 per cent said they would confidently return to an event within two to three months of restrictions being removed. However, 31 per cent said they would be happy to go to a festival immediately after.

Just 11 per cent of people said they would want to wait until a vaccine had become available.

The festival industry both in this country and abroad has been decimated in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, a leading festival trade organisation warned the UK’s independent festival sector could become a “wasteland” unless government action was taken to save it.

However, the Festicket survey indicated that fans would be willing to support a revived industry, with more than 75 per cent of respondents saying they would confidently book a festival for 2021 within the next two months.

Day festivals were the most popular option, with 83 per cent saying they would be comfortable attending one after lockdown, while 68 per cent said the same of weekend festivals.

Indoor gigs and club nights fared less well, however, with 45 per cent and 43 per cent respectively.

What’s more, the quality of the line-up remained the most important factor in deciding whether to attend a festival, with the option of free cancellation and health and safety measures coming second and third.