Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Sziget, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Exit and many-many others. Millions of people around the world are waiting for music concerts and festivals to listen live to their favourite bands and musicians, and to potentially discover a few new favourites for the playlist. Obviously being at a music festival is fun and games, but we were wondering what science says about this.
Increased satisfaction with life
One of the largest Australian universities, Deakin University, interviewed a thousand people and published a white paper in 2017 based on the collected data. According to the study, going to the music concerts and festivals increase the overall level of satisfaction with life. Apparently, if you regularly go to concerts, festivals, house parties with DJs, clubs and other music-related events, you feel more satisfied with your life than those who, for one reason or another, deprive themselves of this experience. Having other people around you while listening to music is a must, so listening to music through your headphones does not replace going to music concerts and festivals.
Capturing the music concerts on a smartphone enhances the overall impression from it
If you are also annoyed by the people who are always blocking the view of the stage taking pictures and videos of the artists with a smartphone, scientists give them an indulgence. Researchers from the Yale University, the University of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania published a study in 2016 according to which capturing the concert on a smartphone enhances the overall impression from it.
Reduction of the level of the stress hormone
The influence of music on people has been studied for a long time, but for many years analysis of the psychological aspects predominated in such studies, and not physiological ones. Recent research and white papers are exploring how music can influence the biochemistry of the human body. Researchers from the Imperial College London along with the Royal College of Music sent 117 volunteers to two concerts of the composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, measuring their levels of the stress hormone before and after. As a result, it turned out that going to the music concerts lowered the level of cortisol, the stress hormone.
“This is the first preliminary proof that going to a cultural event can affect the endocrine system”, – the leader of the research group, Daisy Fancourt.
Of course, in small doses, cortisol is necessary – it makes us more attentive and productive, but if it is produced in large quantities for too long, it can lead to various heart issues, impotence and diabetes.
As going to concerts and cultural events lowers the level of stress hormones in our bodies and increases the overall satisfaction with life, it, therefore, increases life expectancy. The managing team of the famous music concerts and events venue O2 Arena in London collaborated with a behavioural science expert Patrick Fagan from the prestigious Goldsmiths University. As a result, they produced an extensive study and concluded that attending music concerts every two weeks can prolong a person’s life for up to 9 years.
The study was conducted with the help of psychometric tests and pulse measurements not only before and after going to the concerts, but before and after practising yoga and before and after walking with a dog. As a result, it turned out that in 20 minutes of the concert the feeling of satisfaction with life grows by +21%, after yoga – by +10% and after walking a dog – by +7%. It is important that you go to concerts regularly for the best result.
Possible loss of hearing
Dr Wilko Grolman from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the World Health Organization advise bringing earplugs to festivals and music concerts to avoid becoming a victim of temporary or full hearing loss. This statement was confirmed by a study conducted on the volunteers at a festival in Amsterdam. Half of them spent 4.5 hours listening to live music with earplugs, and another half – without. Following the concert the volunteers had their hearing checked, and it turned out that those whose eardrums were not protected had a higher level of ‘ringing’ in their ears and a five times higher probability of temporary hearing loss than those who spent this time in earplugs.
Basically, the bottom line is – if you want to live long and happily, stock up on earplugs and go to as many concerts and music events as possible!
Which concerts or festivals are you going to in the next few months?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Glastonbury, NME, Billboard