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Study finds attending live concerts increases life expectancy, improves well-being and so the prescr

Equus performed live at Banquet of Dreams 2018

We've been talking about this for ages, and we never tire of reading about the subject.

Live music is good for your body, mind and soul, and Music Hunter Founder, Meg Benson swears by this, and has easily attended a min one gig per fortnight over the last 20 years.

This shot was taken of Equus performing in a Music Hunter Collaboration with Hands Heart and Feet at the annual "Banquet of Dreams" event where participants soak in the top quality concert music, absorb the subliminal vibes from an inspiring styled room while participating in free dancing. Students participate in their polished shows involving dance and music. The photo is captured by Brigitte Grant Photography, who also captured the recent Winter Magic Festival event that incidentally had 80 various acts performing in Katoomba for free on just one day. The Blue Mountains population are bound to be super healthy with the collective impact from all our friends and collaborators whom produce live music events for you.

A new study conducted by O2, a company which owns some of United Kingdom’s largest music venues, and Patrick Fagan claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being.

Fagan, who is an associate lecturer a Goldsmith University specializing in behavioral science, said, “Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key. 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.”

The study conducted psychometric and heart-rate tests with participants who attended concerts, practiced yoga, and walked dogs. Those who attended concerts felt a 21% increase in well-being – compared to 10% for yoga and 7% for dog-walking – with a 25% increased feeling of self-worth, a 25% increased feeling of closeness to others, and 75% increased mental stimulation.

Luckily, we don’t need science to convince us to attend more live music, together we are already a pack of music hunters.

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