GOING GREEN AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVALS
here’s our pick of the best of this year’s eco-friendly offerings...
The self-proclaimed green and ethically-minded Cotswolds-based 2000 Trees (www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk) is headlined this sold-out year by Metronomy and The Subways.
Run entirely on biodiesel, 2000 Trees usually manages to recycle up to 80% of its waste. It also uses only biodegradable and reusable food and drink containers and has only UKbased bands play to reduce CO2 emissions.
The ever-popular Latitude [www.latitudefestival.co.uk] in Suffolk is upping its green ante, having won an AGF award last year and commendations for its reusable beer cup policy (which can be washed and reused up to 100 times). expect recyclable tents, local food and compostable-only cutlery.
Scotland’s Big Tent Festival [www.bigtentfestival.co.uk] is the nation’s largest ecofestival, with a dedicated ‘Climate Champions Zone’ that’ll inspire you to get into tidal power, start a wormery or invest in permaculture. Or you can just sit back and admire the heavenly views of Falkland Palace. Big Tent is also offering free shuttle buses to Falkland from nearby railway and bus stations, so you have no excuse to drive there!
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An AGF award-winner last year, The Cambridge Folk Festival [www. cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk] has an exceptionally high recycling rate (65%) and in 2009 managed to get their bars and caterers to adhere to a strict zero landfill waste policy. Free buses from Cambridge train and bus station deliver festivalgoers straight to the music - including natalie Merchant and Seasick Steve - where they can reuse their beer cups and wash them onsite the whole weekend long.
eastnor Castle’s Big Chill Festival started the whole ‘Leave no Trace’ policy and is constantly striving to be greener year-onyear, having won an ‘Improver’ award from AGF last year. Compostable cutlery, local food and locally-brewed beers and solar-powered chargers will rub shoulders with awesome headliners Thom Yorke, Lily Allen and MIA.
Yorkshire’s Moor Music Festival [www.moormusicfestival.co.uk], is a 3,000-person only deal that has its own cyclepowered disco and pedal-powered orchestra, which means that no music will be heard unless festivalgoers cycle to power the amps! Locallysourced food and ale is also the only grub. Croissant neuf [www. partyneuf.co.uk] scooped three awards for sustainability last year - more than any other festival in the world - so you can expect this year to be quite a green one too. headlined by The Magic numbers, Croissant neuf is entirely powered by solar panels and wind generators. All food and drink is organic, local and fairly traded - and the festival has also organised workshops on renewable energy and sustainability to encourage others to go green too. In fact, an external audit found that last year festivalgoers generated 50% less CO2 at the festival than if they’d stayed at home and had
Shambala [www.shambalafestival.org] will be 100% greenly powered this year, using solar, biodiesel and wind power to amp up stages and acts (which are all a secret until the actual festival itself!). expect hippy things like roller discos, free cycle tours and circus workshops, plus green things like portaloos with non-toxic flush systems, homemade cider and organic food.
The Isle of Wight’s world-famous (and always sold-out) Bestival won an ‘Outstanding’ award at last year’s AGF awards and this year could very well do the same. expect headliners Dizzee Rascal, Flaming Lips and Prodigy, at a festival that encourages liftsharing (in 2008 Bestival-goers saved more than 100 tonnes of CO2 and £36,000 of their own money through this simple act). Bestival is boasting even more compostable loos than last year, and is also sending all mixed recyclables to a new gasification plant which will power homes on the island.
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