Genius theory on why we love festivals puts it down to UK school assemblies

UK festivals really are in a league of their own.

The mud, sweaty tents, and outstanding festival fashion (although, RIP Hunter wellies) all contribute to the experience, but there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a crowd belting out song after song in unison.

But one individual has shared an interesting theory as to why we love UK festivals so much – and it all comes back to our childhood. More specifically, our school assemblies.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2, teachers and TikTok stars Lee Parkinson and Adam Parkinson shed light on their own theory.

Primary teacher Lee Parkinson said: ‘I’ve got a theory that the reason festivals in the UK are so good is down to us banging out those songs in singing assembly from four or five years old.’

‘That communal singing together is what makes the UK festival scene.’

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And it’s safe to say this proposition rings true with lots of others across the country.

One person replied to this video snippet on Instagram saying: ‘It’s true. I LOVED a singalong in assembly and have been to Glastonbury many times.’

While another added: ‘Nothing hit harder than a key change during He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands.’

During the interview Adam name-dropped Give Me Oil In My Lamp, which prompted others to chip in with their favourite school songs in the comments – noting Autumn Days, Sing Hosanna and more.

The ultimate throwback for British school kids.

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