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  • Are festivals dying out, or just changing over time?
  • Are festivals dying out, or just changing over time?
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Why do people go to music festivals?

Every year, more than 6 million people attend live music events in the UK. Festivals are no longer about peace, love and LSD – they're commercial success stories. But have they kept any of their rebellious spirit, or are they just Instagram islands where anything goes?

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Every summer, hundreds of thousands of people travel the world looking to dive into the festival experience that best reflects them. According to an Oxford Economics study made for Visit Britain, live music events attract 6.5 million people a year. [1] For some, it’s just the alternative to an overpriced beach holiday. For others, it’s an inspirational life-changing journey.

Music festivals, as other countercultural movements, are no longer just about peace, love and LSD – they’re commercial success stories. In our modern society, where war, economic crises and activism are practiced more on Twitter than ...

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