We're attending more gigs than ever, too
One in three people in the UK believe they could write a chart-topping hit, according to a new Oxfam survey.
The poll, which was conducted as part of Oxfam‘s month-long music festival Oxjam, showed that there are 3.5 million Britons who believe they could write a Number One single.
Figures also show that 7 per cent of people say they have already written a potential smash hit, though – mercifully perhaps – the rest of the country is yet to hear them.
However when not plotting chart domination, 37 per cent of us are also now attending at least one gig every month, compared with 21 per cent five years ago.
The survey, which polled over 2,000 music lovers, found that two in five of us (39 per cent) say that we attend more gigs now due to the new-found ease with which we can find out about music online, while a third believe that there are simply better bands around than five years ago.
However, just 10 per cent say that the quality of music venues has risen accordingly.
Elsewhere, there are around five million musicians in the UK, currently performing in 1.25 million bands.
Over half of the bands (52 per cent) are born from a simple love of music, just 4 per cent believe they will be able to make a full time living out it. Only 1 per cent claim to form bands with the intention of becoming famous.
Oxjam meanwhile takes place this month, with more than 1,000 events taking place including artists like Scissor Sisters.