How Concerts & Music Festivals Are Becoming More Millennial

Today’s post comes to us from Caroline Marques, a music fanatic and frequent concertgoer who realizes that the shared experience of seeing an artist live is increasingly important to Millennials. Bonding with other fans, building a closer connection to an artist, and being engaged in such social experiences is something Gen Y values, as they attend concerts and festivals more and more. In fact, 31% of Millennials plan to attend concerts and/or music festivals this summer according to a recent Ypulse poll among more than 2,700 14-30 year olds. Caroline explains below why festivals are so relevant to young people and how they’re changing…

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How Concerts & Music Festivals Are Becoming More Millennial

Ultra Music FestivalAsk a teenager when they bought their first CD and they probably won’t remember. But ask Millennials who was the last artist they saw live, and they’ll come up with a list of ten names. It’s summertime and young adults know what that means: time to save up to attend some concerts. Come September, festival-goers all around the world will have more than twenty names to add to their list of bands they’ve seen live. A lot of teens around the world will be spending a few hundred dollars on a festival and camping ticket in order to see their favorite band perform in front of an excited, sweaty, and passionate crowd.

Why are music festivals relevant today? The idea of concerts and live music certainly isn’t new, but I have a feeling that the idea of festivals is becoming more and more mainstream and important to teenagers, which is why I wanted to share my thoughts on this experience and compare it to last year’s.

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