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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