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Sunday 25 June 2017

Festival fans will fork out €316 each

Festival goers (stock pic)
Festival goers (stock pic)

Nearly a quarter of Irish adults will spend an average of €316 each at music festivals this summer - and that doesn't include the price of tickets.

According to a poll, 800,000 festival-goers will spend a total of €253m this summer.

Despite the scene's reputation for wild revelry, only 20pc said that most of their money will be blown on booze.

A third said the biggest spends were on tents, other camping gear and food.

The poll, for sponsorship consultants Livewire, found that 30pc listed raincoats as the most important festival accessory.

Weather

This was foll-owed by 24pc who said a waterproof tent is a must.

Not surprisingly, the fickle Irish weather was cited as the worst thing about music festivals.

However, dirty toilets, expensive food and refreshments, along with messy drunks, were up there among the main causes for complaint.

This year's Electric Picnic at Stradbally, Co Laois, and The Fleadh Cheoil - the highlight of the traditional music calendar taking place at Ennis, Co Clare - were named as the most popular festivals.

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