Rock on: going to concerts could help you live longer? Science says yes

Turns out attending gigs doesn’t just make you feel alive – they can increase your lifespan by up to nine years according to a new UK study.

University of London researchers have found just 20 minutes of watching a band can increase your wellbeing by 21 per cent.

In contrast, yoga only increased wellbeing by 10 per cent, while walking the dog boosted people’s mood by just seven per cent.

How did they test this?

A gig a day could keep the doctor away?

The researchers looked at participants’ psychometric and heart-rate readings as they did a variety of tasks. When watching live music, they experienced increases in self-worth (25+ per cent), closeness to others (25+ per cent) and mental stimulation (75+ per cent).

It is worth pointing out the research was conducted with funding from entertainment company O2 – which owns London’s O2 concert arena.

But other research does support the theory. Another recent study showed concertgoers brains’ actually ‘sync up’ at shows – and that leads to everyone feeling more connected with the performers.

So you can’t deny that going to concerts and music festivals leads to a great time – scientifically backed or not.

Unless you’re at a Justin Bieber concert.

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Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.