Sharon Reid


The summer months are synonymous with music festivals from veteran behemoths Glastonbury and Isle of Wight to the relatively new, Green Man. The aforementioned music festivals and concert venues generated £3.1 billion for the UK economy during 2014, according to a study carried out by Oxford Economics on behalf of UK Music – an umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry. The study of music tourism revealed some impressive numbers:

  • 9.5 million music tourists attending music events in 2014
  • 546,000 overseas music tourists visiting the UK in 2014
  • 38,238 full time jobs sustained by music tourism in 2014
  • 39% increase in number of overseas music tourists between 2011-2014
  • £751 average spend by overseas music tourists in the UK

Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale was unsurprisingly pleased:

“It’s fantastic news that our music industry drew in 9.5 million tourists last year but it’s no surprise. British music is legendary around the world and continues to go from strength to strength, with UK artists now accounting for one in seven albums sold worldwide.

He went on to cite Glastonbury’s continued influence:

“Festivals like Glastonbury hold an iconic status on the world music scene and are one of the reasons why international tourism is booming in the UK, drawing in streams of visitors to all parts of the country. We know our UK creative industries contribute an astonishing £76.9 billion to the UK economy but this report confirms they are truly world-class and a powerful advert for the UK.”

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive - UK Music

Jo Dipple – UK Music

Jo Dipple, UK Music’s Chief Executive, succinctly summed up UK music’s lasting legacy:

“The UK’s rich music heritage and infrastructure has made the UK the go-to destination for live music globally and these statistics show how tourism is now a bedrock of British music and the wider economy. Music is putting the GREAT in Great Britain.”

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