Almost 5 million 18-35 year olds are planning to book tickets to music festivals this summer, carting with them £1.8 billion worth of gadgets, according to gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble.
And it seems that few of them take throwaway phones. The average festival-goer carries £368 of gadgets, with almost a third (30%) packing tech worth more than £500, and one in 10 (10%) packing more than £750 in gadgetry.
Smartphones are clearly a key element of the festival experience, with the top three reasons given for taking mobile phones to festivals to contact friends if separated (75%), show off on social media (62%), and keep in touch with friends and family at home (40%).
Yet the data reveals that more than a third (36%) of 18-35 year olds who’ve been to a festival in the past three years have damaged (17%), lost (16%) or had a phone stolen (9%).
Men are more than twice as likely to have a phone stolen at a music festival as women (13% versus 6%), and will also be carrying more costly gadgets worth an average of £391, compared to £349 for women.
Age also plays a role with younger festival-goers almost twice as likely to have their phones stolen – 13% of 18-24 year olds have had a phone stolen at a festival in the last three years, compared to just 7% of 25-35 year olds.
Smartphones aren’t the only gadgets at risk. Believe it or not, one in six (17%) festival-goers take their laptops, and 16% pack their tablets.
Almost half (45%) of revellers admit they have left their gadgets unattended in their tents, with 17% leaving headphones, 12% leaving their mobile phones and one in 10 (10%) leaving tablets or laptops.
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