Only 36% of fans still feel live events are safe, says survey

The new data released today indicates fans will still attend, but with concern for their safety

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Only 36% of gig and festival goers still feel live events are safe, according to a new survey.

The research by ticketing agent Skiddle, conducted last week, reveals concern among music fans in the aftermath of the recent Manchester Arena attack.

And while over 93% said they wouldn’t be put off going to events, some 22% admitted they are scared about attending.

After the terrorist incident at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, measures including wider searches and armed police were put in place at larger shows UK-wide, although have since started to be less commonplace again.

Eagles of Death Metal
The first high-profile attack in Europe hit an Eagles of Death Metal – pictured four days earlier – concert in Paris. Photo: Katy Blackwood

The new data comes as part of a raft of information released today, including fan’s views on small and international festivals.

72% of survey respondents argued that small festivals are more fun to attend, better value for money, and safer.

Of those mentioned, Kendal Calling – held in the Lake District later this month – was voted the boutique event of choice.

Interest in international festivals is down, however, as only 8% stated a specific preference for going abroad.

Major festivals taking place in July include TRNSMT, in Glasgow from 7-9 July, and Latitude Festival, in Suffolk from 14-16 July.

Other festivals to come this month are Secret Garden Party, the aforementioned Kendal Calling, and Y NOT Festival.

Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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