In­ef­fec­tual things some bands do ...

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -


Ash and oth­ers may clap them­selves on the back for off­set­ting their flights, but this is an oft-dis­cred­ited method of com­pen­sat­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for the dam­age al­ready done.


KT Tun­stall, Bon­nie Raitt and oth­ers have taken bio-diesel buses on tour, but bio­fu­els are not a vi­able long-term al­ter­na­tive to car­bon-based fu­els as they re­quire vast tracts of land.


One of those “green­wash” ges­tures that some pro­mot­ers en­cour­age. They may add to a fes­ti­val’s feel-good fac­tor, but plas­tic beer cups are a tiny per­cent­age of a rock fes­ti­val’s car­bon foot­print.


It hardly makes sense for a band to fly its en­tourage all over the world when per­fectly good ex­per­tise is avail­able for hire in each ter­ri­tory. As for Björk’s 40-strong en­tourage at her last Ir­ish per­for­mance – that’s just wrong.

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