Monthly Archives: February 2011

More venues get the IG

Julies Bicycle, the UK’s cross music initiative on climate change, has announced that six UK venues will be getting the IG mark to reward their green efforts. The six venues are Wembley Stadium, Cardiff International Arena, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, O2 Apollo Manchester, Southampton Guildhall and the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. Julies Bicycle Director Alison Tickell said “We are delighted to announce the award of IG certificates to six of the UK’s most high profile live music venues. All have demonstrated their strong commitment to reducing their environmental impact and join a community of creative industry leaders that are setting the standard for environmentally responsible business practices through their transparency and accountability”.

This year’s green panel at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) is on the morning of Saturday March 12th (10.00 – 11.30) and is chaired by JB director and chair of the BPI Tony Wadsworth with guest speaker Jacob Bilabel from the Green Music Initiative in German. The panel will invite a spread of international bodies, promoters and festivals to pitch in with their latest ideas and Julie’s Bicycle will be on hand to present their latest schemes, focussing on how by being more efficient, the industry stands to save both cash and carbon (Room 4). The ILMC is at the Royal Garden Hotel, London ( .


Green Glasto travellers to be treated like royalty!

Glastonbury 2011 has already annnounced U2, Coldplay and Beyonce as Pyramid Stage headliners for an amazing weekend of fun  – and this from from :

As one of the world’s largest outdoor gatherings, Glastonbury Festival is totally committed to reducing carbon emissions – and to raising awareness of what can be done to help combat climate change. As part of that message, the Festival wants to reward people for choosing to come to Somerset by public transport or by bicycle. So, this year, for the first time, we have put together a Glastonbury Festival Green Traveller package which we hope will provide an extra incentive for you and your friends to “go Green”.

Ticket holders who arrive at the Festival by public transport or bicycle will be given a Green Traveller lanyard, offering:
– Vouchers for discounts on main meals
– Solar showers, solely provided for Green Travellers
– Access to compost toilets
– Discount on a Festival T-shirt

Over 50 per cent of Glastonbury Festival’s CO2 total emissions come from how “you” the Festival goer make your way to the site. We understand that public transport can be expensive and we are working on trying to keep the prices fair.

And yes, we know that getting on a train or bus isn’t necessarily as easy as jumping in a car parked outside your house. But once you have decided to head for your bike, the bus stop or the train station, we’ll do our best to make Festival life a little bit easier for you – from the moment you’re dropped right by the gate!

Glastonbury will be posting more information on the Green Traveller scheme (and how it will work) soon…

so more at

Green Club Index launched in Germany

The Green Club Index has been created as a response to requests from promoters who are looking for help in reducing the environmental impact of their concerts, parties and show events.

The Green Club Index is a German wide project and the aim is to reduce CO2-emmisions in Clubs. The project has been led  by The Green Music Initiative (GMI) in Germany – The GMI acts as a platform coordinating the music and entertainment industry’s efforts to minimise their climate impact in Germany and CO2-reduction strategies are implemented in close cooperation with scientific institutes, stakeholders and artists, paving the way for others to follow. GMI showcases best practise with the objective to create industrywide demand for innovative and sustainable solutions – both from the climate and business point of view.  The Green Music Initiative told us “We know the music and entertainment industry has global reach and can unleash imagination and passion like few other industries. It produces role models, dreams and questions which  can pave the way into a low carbon future. Through exemplary actions, relevant actors can function as role models for the implementation of vital climate protection measures. This way of thinking  would create demand and supply of innovative and sustainable strategies – both from climate and business points of view. The music and entertainment industry has a unique possibility – through positive examples and practical solutions – to guide society towards a more climatefriendly future and help our political leaders to bring about the required global transformation.”
You can find out more at

New Ways and Trends in Arts Management

March the 3rd will see the launch of the new book New Ways and New Trends in Arts Management with an international conference in Budapest, Hungary on arts management. The goal of the conference is to initiate and give place to a debate among those who are involved in cultural and arts management in Hungary who think that well-trained professional arts managers are especially needed today, who are capable of giving high quality services. The conference also aims at drawing attention to the current issues of arts and business, to the new trends that are becoming more and more important in the near future for the professionals concerned in the various types of arts and business cooperations.

The event has dual aim: to show the latest trends and questions in the field of arts and business through numerous presentations on one hand, and on the other hand to present a new publication (textbook) which may be considered as a pioneer initiative in the education of arts management.

In the field of arts and business the conference focuses on those two areas that currently form our everyday life and usual habits and hopefully the way we look at our life and future: sustainable development and the preservation of our environment and opportunities for culture given by the era of digital change, new digital technologies and the new media.

The conference takes place in cooperation of Arts & Business Kft. and the Hungarian bureau of British Council and pays particular attention to show the best practices from the United Kingdom. Keynote speakers at the event are  Ben Challis, General Counsel, Glastonbury Festivals Ltd, Co-Founder of A Greener Festival and visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and Marc Sands, director of Tate Media and Audiences. The event is organized under the patronage of László Baán, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

Speakers on the issue of sustanability include   Szép Fruzsina – programme director of Sziget Festival Hungary, Barcza Dániel – director of the Design Institute, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, and leader of ’Climate Protection Workshop’ of the university and Gross András – manager of Medence Csoport.

Speakers on new media and the digital age include  Agata Waclawik-Wejman, policy counsellor of Google (responsible for the Google Books project), Bencsik Barnabás, director of Ludwig Museum, Budapest, E. Csorba Csilla, Petőfi Museum of Literature (the operator of Digital Academy of Literature), György Péter, Ph.D., professor of Eötvös Lóránd University, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies and Gyenge Anikó, Ph. D., copyright expert, visiting professor of BME MOKK, (Media and Research Centre).

Date: 3 March, 2011, 13.00 – 18.00
Venue: conference hall of the Britosh Embassy  in Budapest

(Budapest, 5th district, Harmincad str. 6.)

All of the speakers will be interpreted into English and Hungarian

Another Planet

Schools, which make up nearly half of all public buildings in the UK, are wasting millions of pounds each year because of poor energy efficiency. Only 29 out of 11,993 schools in England and Wales earned a ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency last year and 1,703 were given the lowest ‘G’ ranking according to a survey from energy efficiency group Lessen. Camden Council in London ranks bottom. Shame on them! A spokesperson for the group said that it wan’t enough to install ‘fancy new technology’ or install low energy ligtbulbs – what was needed were behavioural shifts – to a ‘turn off and save’ mentality with heating and lighting. Dorset was the top performer and the Council there has a dedicated energy officer. When school repairs are undertaken the Council makes sure that energy efficiency is built into plans – for example insulating buildings at the same time as repairs works. The council estimates it saves £4.6 million annually through eergy saving measures.

Access All Areas ( ) the trade magazine for the live music, hospitality and events industry, have an excellent Green News page this month in issue 147 and one of the main strories highlights a new campaign from Frank Water at UK festivals in the summer where ticketholders will be encouraged to buy a branded hardwearing BPA-free plastic water bottle which they can then top up for free from charity FreeFill’s water stations on site. Frank Water hopes to raise monies from the project and they have already funded 58 clean water projects in India (for more see . reports that Energy minister Chris Huhne is worried about large-scale solar farms soaking up funding meant to help communities green their homes. According to Mr Huhne there is ‘growing evidence’ showing large scale solar farms could ‘soak up money’ intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity.  However, the Lib Dem coalition minister also said the comprehensive review of Feed in Tariffs (FITs), will also pave the way for fast tracking planning for the same big solar parks and farm-scale Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants. Huhne said “Large scale solar installations weren’t anticipated under the FITs scheme we inherited and I’m concerned this could mean that money meant for people who want to produce their own green electricity has the potential to be directed towards large scale commercial solar projects.” 

A new guide has been produced to help UK consumers make green choices in their purchases.  The Green Claims Guidance, published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is aimed at protecting consumers from false and misleading claims about the environmental credentials of products – greenwashing.   The guide sets out advice to companies on how to describe the environmental benefits of their products in a clear and accurate manner. See more at . also reports that a new study for the journal Science has shown that the Amazon suffered a second serious drought last year, making it two severe droughts within 5 years which has had a dramatic effect on CO2 levels – instead of the rainforest absorbing huge amounts of CO2, droughts cause the reverse effect, with the forests releasing emissions.  Figures show that the drought last year may exceed the 5 billion tonnes of CO2 that the last drought in 2005 caused. This is roughly equal to the annual emissions of the US.  Lead author Dr Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds, said: “Having two events of this magnitude in such close succession is extremely unusual, but is unfortunately consistent with those climate models that project a grim future for Amazonia.”  Amazonian droughts are meant to be a ‘once in a century’ occurrence. worrying.

The European Parliament wants tighter rules on waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) while keeping red tape to a minimum for companies. MEPs have proposed new targets ) for collecting, recycling and re-using waste. They also recommended tougher measures to prevent the export of e-waste to developing countries, where it can pose a health and environment hazard.  See

The UK coalition government is to review plans to sell of publicly owned woodlands in the face of fierce opposition. Caroline Spelman, the Environment Sectretary said that sales would be put on hold whilst plans are reviewed. The review will look at how ancient woodlands would be protected and how charities would be enabled to buy and protect woodland before it is offered to the commercial sector – but sales will still go ahead. The Government plans to sell 100,000 acres, 15% of the publicly owned forests, and hopes to raise £100 million.

Fashionably green

As London Fashion Week gears up, it seems it now has a greener future. London Fashion week already  has a well established showcase for environmentally aware designers, Estethica, and now Livia Firth, owner of Eco Age, a green retail store in West London and actor Colin Firth’s wife, has been busy publicising the Green Carpet Challenge, a campaign she helped set up to promote eco-fashion. Livia ensures that everything she is photographed in at premieres is made by designers who promote environmental and social justice, looking at designers who use materials with a low environmental impact and also assessing production techniques, supply chain values and even the end use of garments.  Green Carpet Challenge already blogs online with Vogue and triumphs last year included one dress designed by de Castro made from scraps of material salvaged from the skips of the world’s luxury fashion houses. 

More support for the green movement in fashion comes from the UK’s Ethical Fashion Forum and from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion – and now includes jewellery as well as fashion. The Green Carpet Challenge pieces will be auctioned at Selfridges in London on March 31st as part of the Oxfam Curiosity Shop.

Estethica, now in its tenth year, profiles over twenty cutting edge designers, chosen for their design excellence and commitment to working in a sustainable way are exhibiting this season and all adhere to at least one of the key Estethica principles of :- fair trade and ethical practice in the production process; the inclusion of organic fibres; the use of upcycled and recycled materials and fabrics.

See more at and at  and

Wood Festival tickets now on sale

WOOD Festival

20th – 22nd May

a celebration of music and nature in the beautiful surroundings of Braziers Park, Oxfordshire.


POWERED 100% by Renewable energy



(also: shortlisted for Best Toilets at the Festival Awards and working to Industry Green standard)

For 2011’s event, the fourth annual WOOD festival, organisers Robin and Joe Bennett (the brothers behind the world-famous TRUCK festival) are limiting tickets to just 800 people to preserve the intimate community feel. It’s why they created the event, as a place to take their own young families, to have fun and relax whilst listening to great music, and perhaps even to learn something from one of the many free workshops and talks.

WOOD is one of Britain’s greenest events, powered completely on renewable energy,  harnessing the power of the sun, the wind and even the people who attend the event (through a cycle-powered cinema and disco), there are composting toilets (no portaloos!) and a stage made of, you guessed it, WOOD.

As ever there is a strong and diverse line-up of (mainly) acoustic acts on 2 stages, including:

American troubadour WILLY MASON, who starred at last year’s OX4 festival, British folk legend ELIZA CARTHY BAND, and not forgetting Candyskin and Wood institution NICK COPE performing for young and old alike!

WOOD is also about learning with opportunities for everyone to participate in workshops covering singing, woodcraft, yoga, knitting, story-telling, and thatching amongst many other subjects; there are campfire sing-alongs, the now famous fancy dress parade, and a fantastic kids tent. You can even join in our lively lunchtime discussions and talks on living a more sustainable lifestyle the other 363 days of the year…

WOOD has its own organic café serving delicious locally-sourced food and its own pub, THE HIPPY ARMS selling locally-produced lager, ale and cider.

WEEKEND TICKETS: £95 for adults– including camping and all workshops – available from the website and local outlets.

A Young Person’s ticket (ages 13-17) is £65, and as before Children 12 & under are FREE (if booked in advance). All under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


2011 will see introduction of a subsidised WOODY BUS leaving from East Oxford, Wallingford and Reading. For more information contact