GO Outdoors Reveals Everything You Need to Know About the UK Festival Scene

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Did you know that the history of the music festival dates back more than 3,000 years? Or that Glastonbury uses around the same amount of electricity as the city of Bath over a weekend?

Did you know that the history of the music festival dates back more than 3,000 years? Or that Glastonbury uses around the same amount of electricity as the city of Bath over a weekend?

GO Outdoors, one of the UK’s largest outdoor goods retailers, has compiled some of the facts and figures related to the country’s huge summer festival scene.

If all of Glastonbury’s 177,000 festival-goers were to pair up and pitched their tents in a single-file line, it would stretch for 123.7 miles – twice the width of Wales. Continuing the camping theme, at Leeds Festival in 2011, 700 perfectly usable tents got left behind.

GO Outdoors has compiled a handy infographic, documenting well over 30 of the most interesting facts and figures about festival season.

Brandon Egley, the Online Marketing & Social Media specialist at Go Outdoors said: “The music festival has become synonymous with British summers but they go back much further than many people think. Every year, thousands upon thousands of people flock to our country’s fields for weekends of music and fun. But in ancient Greece, music festivals were nearly as common as they are in the UK.

“Today, festivals are a massive business. Reading and Leeds Festivals combined produce more than 300 tonnes of rubbish over August bank holiday weekend and in 2005, Glastonbury donated more than £1.35 million to charities like Water Aid and Oxfam.

“Festivals are getting more expensive, but anyone heading to one of the hundreds of summer events throughout the UK can also offset some of the cost by shopping for their essentials with GO Outdoors. We have a huge range of high quality, affordable tents and backpacks available.”

With more than 40 years' experience in the business, GO Outdoors has firmly established itself as the UK's leading supplier of outdoor equipment and clothing. There are GO Outdoors stores across the country, and the firm also has a thriving online retail operation.

To find out more about the extensive range of products or to find your nearest store, visit gooutdoors.co.uk.

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