Press release

Over 50s make headlines at Glastonbury

Wednesday 15 June 2011

  • 15 thousand over 50s expected at 2011 Glastonbury

The over 50s are set to dominate this year’s Glastonbury Festival with headline acts such as U2 and Morrissey. As U2 takes to the main stage (Bono, 51, The Edge 49, Adam Clayton 51, Larry Mullen 49) alongside other festival headliners such as Morrissey (52), Paul Simon (69), and B.B. King (85), Saga Insurance issues practical advice to the 15 thousand over 50s expected to attend this year.

Recent research revealed that 21% of over 50s now own a smartphone, triggering the need for revellers to keep a close eye on their gadgets. Unfortunately many people aren’t aware that unlike Saga, not all home insurance policies provide standard cover for essential festival gadgets such as phones, cameras or sat-navs.

Saga’s standard cover insures valuables such as phones, iPads and cameras up to £5000*. However not all insurers are the same, Saga Home Insurance recommends that festival goers check their insurance to ensure they’re protected should the worst occur. It’s also worth noting that some insurers also require camping equipment to be specified on the insurance.

Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive of Saga Services said: “Over 50s created festivals, so to assume that they stop going purely as a result of an arbitrary age limit is ludicrous. The fun loving attitude of many of the original festival goers remains unchanged but maybe now the rose tinted glasses are slightly clearer. Whilst wanting to dance the night away, they’re also more aware of the potential pitfalls so want to ensure that their experience is not marred by theft or damage to their possessions”.

An over 50 festival goer ** commented: “I make sure that I go to at least one festival a year, it is a great way to socialise with friends and discover new bands. Fortunately, I’ve never been affected by crime whilst partying, however I’ve had friends that have and I know they wish they’d double checked they were covered before packing their rucksacks – unfortunately as a youngster it’s the last thing you’d think of, but not anymore!”.


*Any single valuable over £1000 should be specified. With unspecified cover we cover up to £1,000 per single item limit and up to £5000 in total

** Name and contact details of the 'festival goer' quoted in the release are available upon request

GB TGI 2011 Q2 (January 2010 - December 2010) and numbers attending this year (

Results compiled from Saga Populus Panel survey. Populus interviewed 11,289 Saga customers, all aged 50+, online between 13th and 20th May 2011.Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules