Quarter of festival goers 'have slept with a stranger'

People gearing up for this year's festival season should make sure they pack condoms with their wellies and sunglasses, new research has suggested.

According to the study by MSN.co.uk, around one-quarter of revellers have slept with a stranger when at a festival, with 47 per cent of respondents admitting to having done things at these events that they would not dream about usually, the Daily Mail reports.

Although many of the world's top performers will be taking to the stage at this year's festivals - The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons are headlining Glastonbury, for example - just 45 per cent of those questioned said they go to the gatherings for the music.

George McKay, a festivals expert and professor of cultural studies at Salford University, said it is only natural for people to lose their inhibitions in festival settings.

He stated: "Festivals are deeply rooted in the carnival tradition, which is to invert everyday expectations of normal behaviour."