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93% of festival goers are ‘not put off’ attending live events after recent UK terror attacks

Tara Lepore 4 July 2017
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93% of festival-goers have not been put off by the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and say they plan to attend festivals as normal this year.

The survey by ticketing agent Skiddle shows that almost all people who have bought tickets still plan to attend festivals large and small over the summer.

Of 958 people surveyed over three days in June, 78% said they refused to be scared about attending live events. More than half (55%) said they are unwilling to give up live music and 36% said they still believe live music events and festivals are safe.

Skiddle co-founder and director Richard Dyer said: “As we saw immediately after the attacks; community spirit and togetherness through music brought people closer together and it seems the public are refusing to let anything stop them from enjoying the festival season, which is a huge highlight of many people’s calendars.

“It’s encouraging to see the results of this survey and we are delighted that people are embracing the festivals and live music events with more enthusiasm than ever before,” Dyer added.

Skiddle is a comprehensive festival guide launched in May 2001 as a university project between friends Richard Dyer and Ben Sebborn. Based in Lancashire, Skiddle also acts as an independent ticketing platform for live music events in the UK.

Dyer said: “Skiddle have been based in the North West for over 16 years and all our staff are local to the area. As a result, the Manchester attack felt particularly close to home for us. They say the show must go on, and we are delighted to be able to do our bit to help people stick two fingers up at anyone who challenges this way of life.”

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