The next time you’re at a music festival, look around you. How many people are listening to Mumford & Sons whining about who they’re waiting for, and how many are talking to their BFF Sally about how Jane is SUCH a bitch, a conversation they could have had anywhere else in the world, but decided to pay $150 for a ticket so they could have it in the middle of a concert? Oh yeah, and they’re on drugs. Probably more people are doing the latter.
The poll, run by MSN, quizzed 2,000 people about their festival habits and opinions and found that a quarter of them had slept with a stranger at a festival while 21% had taken drugs and 13% had been in a fight.
Non-musical merrymaking at festivals spans generations, with 9% of middle-aged (aged 45-54) people quizzed admitting to using drugs at a festival, a fifth confessing to drinking heavily, and 10% saying they’d slept with someone they met on site. Only 45% of people polled said they went to festivals for the music.
Overall, 47% of the 2,000 people polled admitted to having done something they would “never consider doing outside of the music festival environment” while at a festival. Other reasons for attending festivals cited by those quizzed included…socializing with friends, and the opportunity to escape from everyday life. (Via)
And let’s not forget the 0.000000001% who go to Coachella to show off their hula hoop skills. They’re the worst.