Music biggest mental health support for 1 in 5 people during COVID-19 lockdowns, survey finds

11 Aug 2021


More than a fifth of people said live streaming and music had been the biggest support to their mental health through lockdown, new figures suggest.

Of the 2063 people surveyed, 16% agreed that knowing thousands of other people also tuned in to live streams with them made lockdown much less of a lonely experience.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of those polled said they had enjoyed the music of artists who were in their prime decades ago.

A study commissioned in the last week of May – as the lockdown measures were coming to an end across the UK – by global music discovery service DICE, and Populous, asked the public about their relationship with music throughout lockdown.

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