Monthly Archives: May 2013

BBC announce first ‘truly digital’ Glastonbury coverage

The BBC has announced2011_03042011GLASTONBURYben0044 plans for its broadest and best Glastonbury coverage to date, giving music fans better than ever access to their favourite acts, live and on-demand, at home and on the go. More than 120 live performances will be broadcast exclusively by the BBC over the three days of Glastonbury 2013 on TV, radio, red button and online – well exceeding the number featured two years ago. The BBC will bring together the unrivalled musical expertise of some of its biggest names to guide viewers and listeners every step of the way. Glastonbury first-timer Chris Evans and festival veteran Steve Lamacq will be joined by Nick Grimshaw, Gemma Cairney, Lauren Laverne, Dermot O’Leary, Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley, Craig Charles and others to form a team which will work together across TV, radio, red button and online.


For the first time, the BBC will be live-streaming six key music stages – the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, West Holts, The Park, John Peel  including the BBC Introducing stage, reflecting over 120 acts being filmed  ranging from the newest talents to the biggest headliners, and amounting to more than 250 hours of live coverage and streaming.

The BBC’s coverage will be available on multiple platforms across TV, radio, and online, on four screens: PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV (including smart TVs and games consoles), as well as BBC Red Button. Music fans will be able to watch and listen to a huge range of performances live, wherever they are, and relive their favourite festival moments or ones they’ve missed on BBC iPlayer.

Bob Shennan, BBC Controller of Popular Music, said: “Glastonbury is one of the greatest pop music events in the world and we want to make this year’s coverage the next best thing for everyone who can’t make it in person to Worthy Farm. We aim to broadcast more of the festival than ever before, and reinvent music coverage as only the BBC can for music fans at home and on the move.”

Mark Friend, BBC Controller, Multiplatform across Radio and Music, said: “Just as we did with sport at the Olympics, our ambition this year is to bring our audiences even closer to the music they love at Glastonbury, with access to all the BBC’s coverage – live and on-demand – at home, at work and on the go. Not only will this be the first truly digital Glastonbury, this will also be the first mobile Glastonbury – we expect mobile and tablet viewing and listening to reach unprecedented levels, particularly over the weekend.” The BBC will stream to four screens – PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV. A wealth of content will be available at, as well as more info about the line-up, acts, stages, photo galleries and interviews. BBC iPlayer Radio will be the place for all music on the go with a dedicated tab in the mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

On BBC iPlayer, all the action from BBC One, Two, Three and Four will be available live or as catch-up for 7 days after broadcast. In addition, you’ll be able to catch up on all the full sets from the main stages. On TV, three additional red button streams will offer more content and highlights from the festival, and the BBC’s Connected Red Button service available on Virgin Media’s TiVo service will bring viewers all the live streams and on-demand video seamlessly on their TV.

Festival founder and organiser, Michael Eavis, said: “The BBC have stuck with us through thick and thin since 1997 and they’ve earned their stripes the hard way. It’s been quite a journey since 97 and to have a complete record of what we’ve been up to over the years is music history gold dust.”

Coverage will kick off on Friday 28 June and continue until after the final headliners on Sunday 30 June. Across the weekend it will feature on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music. Acts playing at the Festival include the Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, The xx, Chase & Status, Dizzee Rascal, Portishead, Jake Bugg, Public Enemy, Chic with Nile Rogers, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Castles, Bobby Womack, Foals and the legendary Rolling Stones.


Engaging Communities on Energy and Climate Change



Mobile Visual Information Services (MVIS) have launched a solar powered multi use trailer platform capable of delivering cost savings and operation efficiencies in traffic and venue management. It runs as a stand alone unit with a 12V battery powered by 250w PV panels.

Nantes Saint-Nazaire, which is a major conference venue, is the European ‘Green’ city for 2013, the first French city to hold the title.

SHAMBALAShambala Festival has won the top level three star Industry Green (IG) award from Julies Bicyle, highlighting the event’s success in reducing its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Lee White, head of Gabon’s National Park Service, has said the forest elephants could be wiped out on five years as the demand for ivory fro the booming markets of China and South East Asia fuels poaching. The forest elephants are smaller than their savannah cousins and their ivory has a pinkish tinge and is less brittle to carve and along with rhino horn can generate huge cash rewards – rhino horn can sell for up to US $60,000 per kilogram, ivory $2,000 per kilo.  China has denied the claims pointing to its regulated ivory market – 37 companies can work with ivory, 145 others are licensed to sell ivory products – despite evidence that its illegal  ivory market dwarfs the legal counterpart. Ya Xun fron the Chinese state Forestry Commission said “Has China’s legal ivory trade caused the poaching of wild elephants? I don’t think there is necessarily a connection” and that other factors such as competition between humans and elephants was to blame for poaching. The price of ivory had risen threefold between 2006 and 2011.

peral bordredThe UK’s wildlife has suffered 50 years of relentless decline according to a new report, State of Nature, compiled by 25 conservation bodies. Birds, small mammals and insects have all suffered – Grey partridges have declined by 91%, there are just 1 million hedgehogs left (there were 36 million 50 years ago), starlings are 80% down, water voles 88% were down in just 7 years in the nineties, turtle doves 93% down, High Brown Fritillary butterflies have declined 79% and the Wood White is 65% down. The reasons for the decline are destruction of natural habitats and climate change.

A call for fact-based research on the role of renewables within the UK’s energy mix has been issued by cross-party think tank Carbon Connect. The call came during the launch of an inquiry into the role of renewable energy in future of UK electricity generation. Speaking at the event, Opposition Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Worthington, said: “We need less ideology and more evidence within the energy debate. That is what characterised the first report of the Future Electricity Series and will continue in [this enquiry].

Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) deputy head of sustainability Duncan Young has highlighted the importance of sustainability reporting in shrugging off the negative reputation of his company. Speaking at the Sustainability Communications Forum, Mr Young noted that a ranking one year ago showed RBS was the most “reputationally challenged” company in the UK.

The UK Government has announced plans to amend the Energy Bill to include financial incentives via the capacity market to deliver permanent reductions in the UK’s electricity demand. The proposal is a response to a consultation launched by the Government in November 2012, which sought views on a range of options to unlock the potential benefits of energy efficiency including the use of financial and non-financial incentives.

windturbines_300The Carbon Trust today unveiled its latest wind energy research project which aims to help the industry to improve prediction accuracy, reduce financing costs and optimise wind farm layouts. The project will help cut the cost of offshore wind power by increasing the energy yields from Round 3 wind farms, located up to 290Km from the UK coast. The new £2m ‘wake effects’ measurement project, which looks at the loss of wind power as it passes through the wind farm, will provide detailed measurement data to the wind industry to help better understand how the wind behaves in complex situations offshore.

American tycoon Donald Trump has launched a legal case against plans to build an offshore wind turbine test facility off Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Investigation work started last week at the site of the proposed wind farm, despite staunch opposition from Trump whose luxury golf course is located nearby.

DRAX POWERGreenhouse gas emissions from power plants and manufacturing installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by 2% last year, according to new data from the European Union (EU). According to the EU, greenhouse gas emissions from “stationary installations” have fallen to 1,867 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent last year, about 2% below the 2011 level for installations. EU climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: “The good news is that emissions declined again in 2012. The bad news is that the supply-demand imbalance has further worsened in large part due to a record use of international credits.

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has called on the Government to provide incentives to stimulate greater resource efficiency in the UK economy. EIC director of policy & public affairs Michael Lunn told edie that ministers did not seem to be putting in the time nor the resources to move the UK towards a resource-efficient economy. His comments come after an EIC delegation returned from China where it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 13 May with the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, which reports to the Chinese Environmental Ministry. The MoU eases UK environmental firms’ access to Chinese markets.

The waste sector must have “sensible policy and strategic development” if the UK is serious about achieving the new and ambitious five-year recycling targets for plastic packaging from 2013 to 2017. Unless urgent action is taken, the nation will struggle to meet these targets and could be left with a legacy of poor quality material, which will affect the whole industry, leading plastics recycling association Recoup has warned.

Abbey Metals Limited has been ordered to pay a £133,000 fine and £33,000 in costs for polluting the River Anker, following a fire at one of its operating sites in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The aerospace and industrial surface treatments provider was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on a charge of failing to take measures to prevent major accidents and limit its consequences to the environment. The company also pleaded guilty to three other charges under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010, which included breaches of its environmental permit around failing to prevent emissions of contaminated firewater, and failing to meet Environmental Quality Standards for cyanides, copper and cadmium in the River Anker.

Sunrise look to crowdfunding for streaming

sunriseOur friends at Sunrise are raising £1500 to fund live streaming at the 2013 Sunrise Festival

Sunrise say “Another World is home to the first ever festival micronation We are crowdfunding £1500 to be able to stream the event LIVE around the world for even greater participation, so if you can’t join us at the festival you can still enjoy the experience. Join the world’s first Festival Micronation!

Hot on the heels of launching the Sunrise Micronation in Frome – a free independent state independent of world governments –  the Sunrise Embassy now unveils  the “mystery” site for their new Sunrise: Another World festival (3oth May-2nd June) – Thoulstone Park, their new lush and verdant homeland nestled amongst  the beautiful rolling hills of Wiltshire. 

Amid this stunning natural wilderness, the new Sunrise Micronation – a beacon for a Utopian world of ethical principles and harmonious living – begins the journey to become the world’s first Sustainability Superpower.”

Daniel Hurring, co-founder of Sunrise Another World (the new incarnation of Sunrise Celebration festival) and the Sunrise Micronation, explains:  

Our independent state aims to be offer an alternative view of life, an antidote to austerity, and keys to happiness, sustainable futures and harmonious communities.  From our new homeland in the stunning surrounds of Thoulstone Park, we aim to create a progressive vision of the future, of society and community. One that is not just functional, but beautiful, not just sustainable, but abundant and flourishing, not just stable but healthy and whole.  We invite you to join our community, to come on the journey, share the adventure in our Sunrise Micronation.  Your thoughts, needs, desires and wishes will form the basis of our nation. Help us to create the future you want for your children, their children and the generations beyond.

“This serious vision aside, Sunrise – as ever – will be a wild jamboree and celebration, a place to forget your woes, dance the night away, be inspired, and share skills, stories and smiles. We believe that every life should be filled with riotous joy, and this more than anything is what this adventure is all about.”

We are seeking crowdfunding to help us become a truly global micronation, and to get started we need £1500 to help us stream the event LIVE around the world. This means anyone will be able to tune in and take part in our glorious festival even if they are not able to attend in person. Please help us by pledging your support and enjoy the range of benefits on offer to you!” 


Go Group – a field trip to Oya

oya-osdsloGo Group Presents a “A field trip to Øya”, a 2-day seminar at Øyafestivalen, Middelalderparken, Oslo on August 8 and 9 2013. The forth GO Group workshop for Sustainable Festivals and Events will focus on two main topics:

Day 1: Green initiatives at the Øya Festival / Live Examples & Best Practise

Day 2: Climate communication and behavorial change – how can events impact their audience’s attitudes and actions towards a more sustainable lifestyle?

Greener, smarter, more sustainable – few festivals live up to the GO Group motto like Norway’s most popular event, Øyafestivalen. For years now the festival in the heart of the Norwegian capital is the spearhead of the “green events movement” in Europe and in so many cases a great example for good practice and smart solutions.

Register now at the Bucks University online store.  The workshop fee is GBP 150 and includes lunch on both days. Yourope members get GBP 30 discount for 1 participant. (Attention – this event is limited to max 20 registered people.)


Day 1, 
Thu 08 August 2013
Main topic: Green initiatives at the Øya Festival / Live Examples & Best Practise including.

  • Background on the Øya Festival and its environmental work the last decade
  • Management and certifications
  • Transportation
  • Energy production and consumption
  • Catering
  • Waste handling
  • Procurement
  • Sponsors and partners

Day 2, 
Fri 09 August 2013
Main topic: Climate communication and behavioral change – how can events impact their audience’s attitudes and actions towards a more sustainable lifestyle?


Speakers include (more to be added soon):

  • Julie Forchhammer, Øya Festivalen, NOR
  • Sabine Funk, GreenEvents Europe Conference, DE & Yourope
  • Paal Fure & Marius Jensen, Aegis Media, NOR, on Consumer trends, and new values
  • Christian Klöckner, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NOR on Sustainable consumer behavior and the psycology of climate change.
  • Håvard Lundberg, Øya Festivalen, NOR
  • Teresa Moore, Bucks New University, UK, on What the Audience Thinks about the Environmental Impact of Live Events.

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aim AustraliaIn the face of torrenting, streaming radio, mobile hardware and the ever-growing phenomenon of viral sharing, the entertainment industry has some challenges to face and some very interesting problems to solve. And who better to put their minds to the task than young professionals who live and breathe the Australian entertainment industry, and who work with the cutting edge of technology in high-level, strategic roles.

The Australian Institute of Music has gathered together some of the brightest young minds in the entertainment industry to form its inaugural TILT (Tomorrow’s Ideas Leading Today) forum, the first of a series of events inspired by the fascinating formats of TED Talks and ABC’s Q&A.

Hosted by television presenter James Mathison, the forum will see experienced and innovative entertainment professionals argue for a big idea they feel passionately about in a 20 minute talk in front of an audience. The talks are then offered up to the room, forming the backbone of a think-tank style open forum where speakers and attendees alike can debate and share their opinions.

TiltThe event will also feature industry ‘speed dating’ workshops where attendees can talk one on one with experts from the fields of A&R, Touring, Marketing, Production and Management within the entertainment industry. Attendees will be offered a fantastic opportunity to learn some tips and tricks of the trade straight from the source.

Head of Entertainment Management at AIM, Rob Cannon says TILT is an opportunity to gather like-minded industry professionals and student together, to consider future challenges and opportunities.

“Often this type of event discusses things that have happened in years gone by.  But TILT is going to be an interactive discussion on where we are now as an industry, where we want to be in the future and how we get there. It’s about getting together leaders and free thinkers to talk about the future,” he says.

TILT aims to inspire participants with fresh perspectives on the entertainment industry with a focus on technological innovation and rethinking processes and conventions in the light of new technological developments.

The speakers so far include:

Ianto Ware – National Live Music Coordinator for Sounds Australia – the new federal government music marketing initiative, speaking on economics and emo: music scenes, audiences and the digital age.

Colin Blake – CEO of the Australian division of global digital music giant – Rdio, in speaking on consumption, ownership and interaction: the impact and value of streaming services in the next decade.

Rhys Thomas, Senior Agency Manager for Google, who works with Australia’s top ad agencies to consult and develop effective digital strategies using Google products, will talk on the current and future Google world.

Luke Hopewell, Australian editor of top technology and consumer electronics news and reviews site Gizmodo, will talk on the breakdown of audience and the new way people will pay for music online.

Danny Yau – head of Foxtel’s digital department for music and lecturer in Digital Marketing at AIM will also have plenty to say about music in the digital age.

More big-name speakers and industry heavyweights are expected to be announced in June so make sure to book your place now, as tickets are limited. Stay tuned into AIM’s website: for more information.

TILT is hosted by the Australian Institute of Music (AIM)

When:                   Friday July 5th, 2013, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Where:                 1-55 Foveaux St, Surry Hills

Tickets:               On sale Friday May 10th,   $35 General Admission /  $10 Students

INFO and Bookings:  and

Powerful Thinking has launched the Know Your Power monitoring project 2013

PT_logoJulies Bicycle, DeMontfort University, the Environmental Change Institute (ECI, Oxford University), and Midas UK have teamed up through Powerful Thinking to offer festival organisers the opportunity to become involved with an important research project about energy saving in the events sector. By being part of this project festivals can take advantage of significant discounts on cutting edge monitoring equipment, receive FREE expert advice on how to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

What is it?

Festivals hire the latest monitoring equipment from Midas at significantly discounted rates. In additional to the normal energy report, they receive expert advise and recommendations on how to reduce demand, reduce fuel bills and reduce emissions.

Why do it?

Our research suggests generators are often oversized. By monitoring power clients will be able to understand better how power is being managed and identify changes to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Research suggests you could save a minimum 10% on your fuel bill.

Power is a significant cost to events, and fuel prices are set to rise by an average of 14% per year. In many other areas of life, being aware of energy consumption is becoming normal. This is not the case for the festival industry, and the Powerful Thinking campaign aims to provide the information support and resources to help the industry to realize a smarter approach to energy.

And in the words of Chris Johnson, Chair, Powerful Thinking and Shambala Festival Director: “To reduce emissions and fuel bills, we need to get more savvy about how we are managing energy – the first step is monitoring, so we know where we’re are starting from.”

Powerful Thinking is a music industry think-do tank tackling energy sustainability in the events sector. Founder members of Powerful Thinking include: Julie’s Bicycle, Shambala Festival, Kambe Events Ltd, Bestival, The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Bestival, Festival Republic, A Greener Festival, and Firefly Solar.

Link to online information pack: