Rock the cash-bar! Fashion, tickets, sick days and travel all make the average cost of attending a summer festival rocket through the roof.
New research reveals that some festival goers are willing to spend up to £600 on a weekend away.
The survey of 3,000 festival fanatics reveals that the biggest expenses are tickets (average £140) followed by drinks (£130), travel (£100), and food (£60).
The findings also reveal that the days of the tie-dye t-shirt and ripped shorts are long gone as festival goers are increasingly being influenced by the 'Agyness Deyn/Alexa Chung Effect', spending huge sums on a new wardrobe for each event.
These costs are compounded by the startling fact that one in five festival goers who camp are planning to throw a sickie this year to give them an extra day to recover from the festivities. With 707,000 attending the top ten camping festivals this summer, that´s a potential 141,400 people who will be kicking back at home to recover from a weekend of excess!
The survey suggests that the rising costs of festivals are leading many music fans to look closer to home in order to get their musical fix this year. With value for money at the forefront of their minds, 54% of regular festival goers admitted that they would be turning their backs on camping and traffic jams this year and looking for festivals within easy reach of their home.
The study also reveals that music fans are now demanding more from their festivals than just music. Despite a hardcore 8% of us claiming to spend up to 20 hours watching bands play live at festivals in reality a third admit that they will struggle to actually remember which bands they see due to excess alcohol.
A fifth prefer instead to socialise with friends, wander around the site, and take in the atmosphere.
The average cost of festivals revealed!
Clothes and camping gear: £170