Medical Mysteries of Music

Are music festivals good for your health?

Given the majority of my experiences with music festivals, I’d answer that headline question with a hearty and very loud “NO!” But what do I know? This is from the BBC.

The health benefits of listening to live music are borne out by studies.

“‘We found that going to concerts significantly reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol,’ says Daisy Fancourt, associate professor in epidemiology at University College London.

“They took saliva samples from people attending a classical and a pop concert to compare stress levels.

“Both groups were biologically calmer afterwards. That suggests it’s more about the event rather than the type of music.

“Her studies also found that going to live music events could help reduce the risk of developing depression and preserve cognition in the over-50s.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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