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Concert and festival attendance in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2019

Attendance at music concerts and festivals in the United Kingdom (UK) increased slightly in 2019 to reach just under 34 million. This was thanks to a rise in the number of people going to music festivals; with more than five million attending festivals in 2019. Regions all over the UK will feel the benefit of the growing attendance numbers which will contribute to an increase in spending, but it’s London in particular that saw the highest music tourist spending figures in 2019.

Music festivals in the UK

Music fans don’t seem to be put off by the annual rise in ticket prices at major festivals like Glastonbury. But how far into line-up announcements do people buy their festival tickets? The majority wait for three quarters of the line-up to be announced.

Headline acts

Most music fans have seen an artist at a gig or festival that was previously unknown to them. Almost ten percent said they had done so in the last week. These newly discovered acts are unlikely to be on the list of the most-followed UK musicians on Instagram.  

Music concert and festival attendance in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2019

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Release date

November 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures for 2012 to 2018 were published earlier by the source.

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