In the name of all that is good and green, Hayley Joyes highlights the U.K. festivals that are making moves towards becoming more sustainable.
If you’ve been to your fair share of festivals you’re probably no stranger to seeing the remnants of plastic cups and rubbish strewn across the fields on your way out. Well luckily these festivals are leading the way in making the whole experience more sustainable and creating synergy between the love for festivals, music and the environment!
Suffolk, U.K, Thursday 12th – 15th July
Latitude have been measuring and addressing their environmental impact since 2007. They work closely with Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation working on sustainability within the creative industries, and have been accredited with a four star Creative Green rating. For three years now, they haven’t sent one speck of rubbish to landfill and this is down to their waste strategy, clever ‘camper’s waste kits’, and bin system that makes recycling onsite super easy. They also reward champion rubbish collectors with prizes and incentives like tokens to spend on drinks! So it’s win win for those who put in the work.
LiS pick: Solange
Jodrell Bank, U.K, Friday 20th – 22nd July
Taking place at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield, this is a festival that combines cosmic wonderment with sustainability and the arts. Alongside their curated and forward-thinking music policy, Bluedot integrate environmental awareness into their programming; this year the headline act includes David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet in concert with Halle. While onsite it’s also worth noting they have stopped the use of plastic straws, plastic containers and cutlery from all food traders. Bluedot also continue to offset their carbon footprint by offering festival goers the opportunity to invest back into renewable energy research and innovation care of Energy Revolution.
LiS pick: Little Dragon
Brecon Beacons U.K, Thursday 16th – 19th August
Nestled in the stunning Brecon Beacons in Wales, the Green Man team are dedicated to leaving their festival patch as they found it; providing campers with recycling bags, reusable cups and offering festival goers the chance to use pedal power to charge devices. Alongside the Green Man Trust, the Green Man have also partnered with charities Help Refugees and Calais Aid Collective to reuse and repurpose camping equipment left on-site to help those fleeing from conflict.
LiS pick: Kelly Lee Owens
Northamptonshire U.K, Thursday 23rd – 26th August
Every punter contributes to Shambala’s green status, participation in the fun stuff and waste reduction is crucial to the success of this four-day event. It’s an award-winning festival. In fact, they’ve won five awards for their green approach. To date Shambala and their attendees have reduced the festival’s carbon footprint by 80% and the entire site runs solely on renewable energy (solar panels, waste vegetable solar and hybrid units). They continue to work towards being a plastic free zone as part of the Drastic on Plastic movement and provide tangible solutions for essentials like sanitary products. This year they have a special tent called ‘The Red Sea Travel Agency’ where ladies can get tips on eliminating plastic from their monthlies while snuggling a hot water bottle in a warm and cosy tent.
LiS pick: The Busy Twist
Northamptonshire, U.K, Friday 24th – 27th August
A live music shindig with a Christian ethos that prides itself on leaving zero trace. In their own words they want to ‘tread as carefully as we can’ and they really do. From a pre-event brief for all campers on recycling ethos to their bespoke reusable cups and refillable water bottles. They also rent out upcycled reconditioned tents to festival goers. As a result of all their good work Greenbelt won A Green Festival Award. Bravo!
LiS pick: Ibibio Sound Machine
Cover image by Scott Salt.