Going to a music festival is like walking a 10k, study finds

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jul 06, 2015

Music fans who enjoy dancing and walking around a large festival are burning a lot of calories — like distance runner-level calories, according to a new study.

French consumer electronics company Withings published a study that looked into some of Europe's biggest music festivals and found that attendees can burn upwards of 9,000 calories over the course of a three-day event. The findings were published by British news outlet Metro.

People who went to the 2015 Glastonbury Festival — one of the world's largest annual outdoor music festivals — burn an average of 3,400 calories and walk about 5.1 miles per day, according to Withings' data.

The study was conducted by measuring the physical activity of volunteers who attended various festivals and wore Withings fitness devices.

According to, people who live a "very active lifestyle" burn about 2,320 calories per day, on average. Taking in a music festival is roughly like walking a half marathon — provided you discount the copious amounts of beer, food truck fare and dubious substances that are consumed at such events.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.