Festivalgoers burn up to 9,000 calories from dancing and walking, new study claims

Glastonbury Festival considered the most physically exerting festival

A new study has investigated the physical exertion involved in attending music festivals.

Although widely perceived as a setting of overindulgence, tech company Withings have found that music fans can actually work off as much as 9,000 calories over a three-day music event, walking over 15 miles in the process.

The study also found that the average festival-goers spends eight hours dancing per day at a music event, burning off an average of 400-700 calories during each performance.

Glastonbury was found to be the most exerting music festival, with attendees burning around 3,400 calories per day. The average person also walked 5.1 miles every day at Worthy Farm.

The likes of V Festival, T In The Park, plus Reading and Leeds festivals also ranked high. See the full list below, via Metro.

Glastonbury – 3,400 calories burnt per day /5.1 miles per person
V Festival –3,100 calories burnt per day /4.6 miles per person
Reading Festival – 3,000 calories burnt per day /4.7 miles per person
T in the Park – 3,000 calories burnt per day /4.5 miles per person
Leeds Festival – 2,900 calories burnt per day/4.6 miles per person
Creamfields – 2,800 calories burnt per day /4.2 miles per person
Isle of Wight Festival – 2,700 calories burnt per day /4 miles per person
Bestival – 2,600 calories burnt per day /4 miles per person
Lovebox – 2,500 calories burnt per day/3.1 miles per person
T4 On The Beach – 2,300 calories burnt per day/ 2.9 miles per person

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Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are the favourites to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival, according to bookmakers William Hill.

Other acts deemed likely to occupy one of the three headline spots include Muse, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis (pending a reunion), Daft Punk, Radiohead, AC/DC, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones and Bloc Party.

Blur, Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Coldplay, Eminem and Prince are considered as outside chances.

Less likely to headline are David Bowie, Adele (both 66/1), One Direction and Dr Dre (each 100/1).
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