GO TO GIGS TO LIVE LONGER

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

CIENTISTS say go­ing to live mu­sic gigs can boost life span. Thank you Lit­tle Richard, Gene Vin­cent, Ed­die Cochrane and the Bea­tles for all the con­certs in the 1950s and ‘60s, and the many nights in The White Lion in Cross Church Street, Ivan­hoes, the Coach Club and the Polytech­nic Great Hall in the ‘70s and ‘80s for all the mu­sic.

That should have banked me a few good years.

You might have left a gig with your ear drums com­plain­ing (par­don?) but it was al­ways with a buzz of post-con­cert ex­cite­ment and ca­ma­raderie of be­ing part of a shared ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now be­havioural sci­en­tists at Goldm­sith’s Univer­sity have car­ried out psy­cho­me­t­ric and heart-rate tests at the 02 Arena to con­firm that live mu­sic in­creases feel­ings of well-be­ing and hap­pi­ness and at­ten­dance at gigs once a fort­night can boost life­span by as much as nine years.

It helps with men­tal stim­u­la­tion, self­worth and close­ness to oth­ers, twice as much as yoga ex­er­cises, which should not be at­tempted at the same time: that could be the eas­i­est way to get your fin­gers stamped on at a Liam Gal­lagher con­cert. Mind you, I was al­most in­spired to in­ves­ti­gate the ben­e­fits of phys­i­cal well-be­ing you can get from aer­o­bics af­ter see­ing Jamie Lee Cur­tis in the 1985 film Per­fect.

Trou­ble was I went to classes in Barns­ley and couldn’t take it se­ri­ously. Ev­ery time the in­struc­tor said hands on thighs, all the ladies cov­ered their eyes.

I’ll stick to rock n roll.

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