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Rocking out at a concert can help you live longer and increases overall wellbeing, according to a new scientific study.

The study, published by British venue O2 and Goldsmiths University psychologist Patrick Fagan, revealed some fascinating insights about the benefits of consistent concert attendance.

Seeing live music twice a month could extend life expectancy by nine years
The study found that concert attendance resulted in a significant 21% increase in feelings of wellbeing. Additional scholarly research finds a direct link between higher levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years, showing a strong link between live music and longevity.

You don’t have to stay out late
The research shows that just 20 minutes of concert attendance can drive this increase in feelings of wellbeing. The key drivers of this increase included greater feelings of self-worth (25% increase), closeness to others (25% increase), and mental stimulation (75% increase).

Concertgoing is better for you than yoga and dog-walking
The test subjects participated in psychometric and heart-rate tests while performing an array of activities. The study shows higher scores for concert attendance than two other pursuits often cited as good for your health: yoga and dog-walking.


In a press release from O2, Fagan said “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.”

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