Even though music festival is filled with a large crowd, loud music and most likely lots of alcohol—live music can actually be seen as concert therapy for those dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression.
How do musical events help you mentally?
According to StudyFinds, researchers from Goldsmith’s University in London did a study of 60 adults and their benefits in seeing live music compared to dog walking and practice yoga. Their mission was to see what activity boost mood more. The result of the study showed that 21% of the people had a mood boost after seeing a concert compared to 10% from yoga and 7% from dog walking.
When the researchers did a study on a crowd who attended a concert in the O2 Arena, many have mentioned the calling of the crowd. When participating in concerts or music festivals, it gives the participant a sense of belonging to the community.
Think about it!
The people around you are enjoying the music you enjoy and creates this connectivity between strangers. This is good for your mentality. When you engage with the music, you engage with the crowd.
There have been studies of the positive psychology of crowd engagement in music festivals.
According to a modern psychologist, Martin Seligman, “engagement is key to improve well-being.” It constructs an important factor to improve a person when a person feels like they don’t have a purpose. The music itself gives a positive emotion to people. When engaging with music, there are benefits in social, emotional, and physical domains that can bring joy to many people’s lives.
The attendance in festivals creates a community with a common purpose to connect and enjoy the same music, the same crowd and similar experiences – where they focus on the moment and themselves. It’s like as if they are all understanding the importance of the music in their own lives, but together.