Ef­fec­tive things we could do ...

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

PLAY CRO­KER

Bands play­ing an ur­ban venue such as Croke Park, with good pub­lic trans­port links, con­sid­er­ably re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of a live mu­sic event. Fans’ travel makes up be­tween 80 and 90 per cent of mu­sic fes­ti­vals' car­bon foot­print.

GO WITH A FRIEND

For out-of-town fes­ti­vals, car-pool­ing would cut a fes­ti­val’s im­pact con­sid­er­ably. Ra­dio­head worked out that if the av­er­age car trav­el­ling to their 2006 gigs had con­tained three peo­ple in­stead of two, the tour’s CO2 out­put would have been re­duced by 22 per cent.

MAKE BUSES EAS­IER

Large-scale fes­ti­vals in Ire­land pro­vide trans­port by bus, but too of­ten, the ser­vice is over­sub­scribed, op­er­ates only at peak times and will sell only two-way tick­ets. How about a more reg­u­lar and flexible bus ser­vice in­stead of hir­ing vast car-park­ing spa­ces?

GET INTO FOLK MU­SIC

It might be bor­ing, but at least those gui­tars don’t have to be plugged in…

Left: Ci­tycen­tre gigs help. Be­low: KT Tun­stall took a wrong turn in her bio-bus

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