Good news if you’ve got tickets to Coachella: A new study says going to live gigs is good for your health. Now, if you’re a music lover, you probably already argue that shows are good for your well-being, and with good reason: Studies show music encourages sound sleep, eases stress, helps engage young people in education, and has other significantly positive effects on health. But, as it turns out, the crowded spaces, bright lights, and blasting beats can also add years to your life.
According to new research by O2, which to be fair, owns some of the largest music venues in the UK, alongside Goldsmith University's Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan, 20 minutes at a show "can lead to a 21 percent increase in that feeling of well-being." Participants in the study underwent psychometric and heart-rate tests at a range of well-being activities, and comparably, yoga increased feelings of well-being by only 10 percent.
Furthermore, the results showed that participants who attended concerts had an increase of 25 percent in self-worth and closeness to others (we will not argue the latter). Most impressively, though, mental stimulation increased 75 percent while listening to live music.
"Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being — with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key," Fagan said in a statement. The researchers also studied accompanying research and determined that the increase in well-being, which is typically defined by physical, emotional, and social health, from gig-going could add up to nine years to your life. “Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life,” Fagan added.
So, consider this permission to write off concert tickets as a self-care expense. It looks like we don’t need meditation after all…