More than 80 per cent of festivalgoers are ready to return to live events. That’s the headline figure from a new survey by Festicket, which asked more than 110,000 festivalgoers how comfortable they felt about returning to live events.

The survey found that 82 per cent of fans would feel confident attending a festival within one to six months of lockdown being lifted. Within that group, 66 per cent would feel confident enough to attend within one to three months, while 30 per cent would happily do so immediately after lockdown is lifted.

Understandably day festivals top the list of events that festivalgoers will happily return to first once lockdown is lifted, however, more than 65 per cent said they’d happily go to a weekend festival. Moreover, 59.5 per ent of people said they would feel confident attending both domestic and international music events next year.

When it comes to booking for 2021, it seems as if most festivalgoers are confident that 2021’s season will be unaffected, with more than 75 per cent saying they’d feel confident booking for next year within the next two months.

However, festivalgoers do expect live events to introduce a number of extra measures when they do return, including clearly communicating health and safety measures in advance, setting up hand sanitising stations, operating at a reduced capacity, and offering free cancellation on tickets.

More than 80 per cent of festivalgoers said that free cancellation would be a key consideration when booking future events.

In the meantime many are watching live streams, with more than 60 per cent of those surveyed saying they’d watched one during lockdown. A further 58 per cent said they’d happily pay to watch a live stream, either via a typical ticket or by donation.

Festicket’s marketing director, Luis Sousa said: “Despite all the current uncertainty, it’s reassuring to see a high percentage of festivalgoers have a positive outlook for the live events industry, backed up by over 75 per cent saying they’d feel comfortable booking events for 2021.

“Unsurprisingly, we are of course entering the beginning of a ‘new normal’ for events where festivalgoers – in the short term at least – will expect promoters and venues to adapt their offering to ease anxieties. We’ve already seen this in some venues that have begun opening their doors again, with measures such as reduced capacity and compulsory table service being part of the deal of reopening.”