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... Festivalgoers 'young at heart' Festivalgoers 'young at heart'

30 June 2008

Many might think that Glastonbury and other such summer festivals are events for the young, but new research reveals that the young at heart are descending on the youthful venues.

A study by Alliance & Leicester revealed that 21 per cent of over-50s are spending their time going to concerts, gigs, and other live events.

One in six of the older Britons have had a rocking past, having performed on stage in front of large audiences.

Its study found that more than four million over-50s are likely to go to festivals this summer and rock out to the likes of Jay Z, The Zutons and Mark Ronson along with their more agile counterparts.

Emma Walkley, current account manager at Alliance & Leicester said: "Those attending Glastonbury this year will find themselves being entertained by the golden oldies, with Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond and even Shakin' Stevens making an appearance.

"Not only are the over 50s taking over the line-ups at festivals but they are also making up a large proportion of the crowds - which just goes to show more and more over 50s have ambitions to enjoy exciting challenges and experiences well into later life."