Monthly Archives: May 2014

Festival News

ETEP-CETEPETEP top bands announced:  The results of the third European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) for 2014 have been announced. ETEP is an initiative of Eurosonic Noorderslag to stimulate the circulation of European repertoire on festivals, radio and media in Europe. ETEP had announced 234 confirmed shows by 88 artists from 19 different European countries with the top ten being

Royal Blood UK 13
Jungle UK 12
MØ DK 8
George Ezra UK 7
Milky Chance DE 7
Kodaline IE 6
Wild Beasts UK 6
Mighty Oaks DE 6
Birth of Joy NL 6
Pional ES 6

Participating festivals include Glastonbury and T-in-the-Park in the UK, Exit in Serbia, Sziget in Hungary, InMusic in Croatia, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Best Kept Secret Festival in the Netherlands and Provinssirock in Finland.

ftfc-presents-live-wyre-music-festivalBez has announced a new anti fracking festival featuring the Happy Mondays, Alabama 3, Bad Manners, The Troggs, and Toyah Wilcox. The event will be staged in association with Fleetwood Town FC, LiveWyre – aka Frack-Free Sunday – will take place on the 1st June at Highbury Stadium, Lancashire. Bez said: “It’s a proud day for me to announce that the first major event I’ve ever put together is being held in the North West. I’m over the moon that Fleetwood Town FC have come on board to help me organise this event. I couldn’t have done it without them. If they do well in the play-offs we’ll be having a double celebration on the day!” adding “It’s brilliant that so many people are supporting the anti-fracking message, and I’m personally doing everything I can to support the cause and raise awareness. Come and support us. Let’s make some serious noise!”

London’s Field Day is striking an official partnership deal with Transgressive Records, in celebration of the latter’s tenth anniversary and a number of Transgressive signings including Mystery Jets, Dry The River, Thumpers and Marika Hackman will be DJing all over this year’s Metronomy and Pixies-headlined festival, which takes place in Victoria Park on 7-8 June.

A new company has been launched with the aim of introducing worldwide festivals to Indian music lovers through package deals including festival tickets, flights and accommodation. Muzenly was set up by Mumbai-born Sudhama Bhatia following his completion of a Masters at New York University, a five-year stint with Goldman Sachs and a year at start up Knewton

festlogo21INSIGHT: How Event Technology is Transforming The Festival Market: Steve Jenner and Paul Pike, from Intelligent Venue Solutions, share their insights on the technological shift currently reformatting the festival landscape

UK festival-goers were among the biggest victims of ticket scammers last year, police have said and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said unsuspecting consumers handed over a total of £3.7m to fraudsters in 2013 – much down to internet fraud. Among the 4,555 reports were 22 victims who lost £10,000 or more. Almost half the cases involved flight or concert and festival tickets, although people buying tickets for sporting events were also targeted. Fraud reports peaked in the summer music festival season, Acpo said, and spiked for flight tickets again in December.

The Glastonbury Festival is warning potential ticket buyers to be aware of fake tickets with Michael Eavis posting a website article saying “We would very much like you to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers. Photos on tickets, which we introduced ten years ago, should eliminate this to a very large extent. If you are offered a ticket it is unlikely to give you access to the Festival. The BBC will be covering even more of the Festival this year so please be content with the TV for now.”
The “unprecedented” spread of so-called “legal highs” has left doctors and nurses “powerless” to treat drug users – who are almost always unable to identify what substances they have taken, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned. Others are buying drugs believing they are more common substances such as ecstasy or MDMA without realising they are actually a new designer drug, the UNODC added in its report on synthetic drugs.

huahin13As the Thai political crisis continues, Bangkok’s Hua Hin Jazz Festival in its full form has been cancelled, organisers have announced. The Thai government will hold a small-scale form of the event without the participation of Passion4Share, the creative agency behind the jazz festival.

And finally, Looe Music Festival in Cornwall has been awarded a £2,500 bursary towards security wristbands as the winner of ID&C’s 2014 Grass Roots Festival Bursary. The annual event, located on the South East coast of Cornwall, is a not-for-profit festival and has grown from a modest 100 attendees at its inaugural 2010 event, to 6,000 in 2013. The festival pipped over 40 other UK festivals to the post and as winners, will be receive £2,500 to cover the cost of its access control requirements for this year’s event.

 

 

 

ANOTHER PLANET?

floods in CroatiaA very interesting and telling article in the Observer newspaper here in the UK by Marc Caputo, the Miami Herald’s political correspondent – The people of Miami know about climate change. We’re living it – looking at how rising sea levels are having a real effect on the city and it’s citizens and how people are increasingly starting to doubt the approach of the state Governor, Republican Rick Scott and Republican state senator Marco Rubio – both climate change sceptics – and the latter being a 2016 presidential hopeful to boot. Not comforting when your home is under threat of long term flooding with Marc saying “Politicians who refuse to acknowledge global warming should visit Florida where climate change is all too real”. Also in the Observer, a glaciologist Eric Rignot, also writing in the USA – also looks at global warming and explains we have reached a point of no return in West Antarctica after last week saw a ‘holy shit’ moment in climate change science. A landmark report revealed that the collapse of a large part of Antarctica is now unstoppable – and says that unabated climate warming of several degrees over the next century is likely to speed up the collapse of West Antarctica, but it could also trigger irreversible retreat of marine-based sectors of East Antarctica. Whether we should do something about it is simply a matter of common sense. And the time to act is now; Antarctica is not waiting for us and Eric asks – What happens next

Raspberry by ben cGuy Barter, the Chief  Horticultural Advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society has said that 2014 is shaping up to be a bumper year for fruit – as well as warning that in the long term gardeners and farmers in the UK needed to take account of climate change. The RHS and Reading University have been looking at the impact of climate change on gardens – hot dry summers – and wet and stormy winters – and said gardeners need to plan ahead if they are planting for the future as the climate will be different 50 or 100 years from now – and that Southern Britain have a climate more like that which Northern Spain currently experiences.

The UK Met Office’s chief scientist, Dane Julia Slingo has appealed to all sides in the climate change debate to stop making personal attacks on each other. Her letter to the Times came after University of Reading scientist Lennart Bengtsson said he was forced to resign from the academic advisory council of the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Forum after pressure from other academics – Professor Bengtsson believes the risk from global warming has been over exaggerated.  Acknowledging the limitations of current models used to predict the impact of climate change, that  Dame Julia says that “Science is all about seeking the truth and acknowledging the uncertainties in what we already know; it cannot be about subjective, unscientific beliefs and personal attacks of the kind that some of us have had to endure.”

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started pumping groundwater into the Pacific ocean in an attempt to manage the large volume of contaminated water at the site. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had released 560 tonnes of groundwater pumped from 12 wells located upstream from the damaged reactors. The water had been temporarily stored in a tank so it could undergo safety checks before being released, the firm added. More here.

Media storms attacking the science of climate change have only a fleeting effect on the public’s interest and do not appear to alter opinions, according to new research. Oxford University scientists used the Google Trends tool to track web searches related to global warming over the past decade but found that peaks of interest in major stories, such as the release of climate scientists emails in 2009 – dubbed “climategate” – disappeared within a few weeks. “We found that intense media coverage of an event such as ‘climategate’ was followed by bursts of public interest, but these bursts were short-lived,” said Greg Goldsmith at the University of Oxford. “This suggests no long-term change in the level of climate change scepticism.” More here.

shellShell has hit back at claims that its multi-billion dollar investments in tar sands, fracking and other unconventional oil and gas exploration will create a “carbon bubble” which may backfire catastrophically because of expected global climate change legislation. Previous research by economists, campaigners, and MPs has suggested that the majority of coal, oil and gas reserves of publicly listed companies, including Shell, are “unburnable” if the world is to have a chance of not exceeding global warming of 2C, the level governments have agreed to limit rises to. That is leading to a so-called carbon bubble, an overvaluation of oil companies’ financial value, they have said. But in a 20 page response to its shareholders who are meeting on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands, for the company’s annual meeting, Shell strongly refutes the criticism that it is vulnerable to such a bubble. More here.

Public support for fracking for shale gas in the UK has fallen below 50% for the first time, new polling suggests. Just 49.7% of people now say they think the controversial process should be allowed in the UK, marking the third fall in support since high-profile protests last summer in West Sussex which saw dozens of arrests including that of Green MP, Caroline Lucas and ongoing protests at a site in Salford.

Shell has hit back at claims that its multi-billion dollar investments in tar sands, fracking and other unconventional oil and gas exploration will create a “carbon bubble” which may backfire catastrophically because of expected global climate change legislation. Previous research by economists, campaigners, and MPs has suggested that the majority of coal, oil and gas reserves of publicly listed companies, including Shell, are “unburnable” if the world is to have a chance of not exceeding global warming of 2C, the level governments have agreed to limit rises to. That is leading to a so-called carbon bubble, an overvaluation of oil companies’ financial value, they have said. But in a 20 page response to its shareholders who are meeting on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands, for the company’s annual meeting, Shell strongly refutes the criticism that it is vulnerable to such a bubble. More here.

The UK will have run out of oil, coal and gas in just over five years’ time, scientists have warned.  According to a new report by the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), the country had 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and just three years of gas remaining, which will increase our dependency on Norway, Qatar and Russia. This has sparked further calls for a Europe-wide drive to expand renewable energy, with Dr Aled Jones from the GSI claiming that heavily-indebted European economies are likely to be ‘increasingly threatened’ by rising energy prices ‘unless urgent action is taken’.

Office supplies and IT services firm Commercial Group has announced the launch of the first London-based fleet of hydrogen hybrid delivery vans. The fleet is the culmination of over two years’ work with hydrogen technology experts. Commercial Group will have six hydrogen vans operating across the Capital within the next six months.

Greenpeace has uncovered evidence that illegally logged timber is being sold on to buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China.  Illegally logged timber in Brazil is being laundered on a massive and growing scale and then sold on to unwitting buyers in the UK, US, Europe and China, Greenpeace claimed. After a two-year investigation, the environmental campaign group says it has uncovered evidence of systematic abuse and a flawed monitoring system that contradicts the Brazilian government’s claims to be coping with the problem of deforestation in the Amazon. And ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup  Global sportswear brands Adidas and Nike have been rapped by Greenpeace for producing football merchandise containing high levels of hazardous chemicals. A recent investigation by the environmental organisation discovered hazardous substances in 33 items purchased across three continents – including boots, goalkeeper gloves and the official ‘Brazuca’ football. One product – Adidas’ iconic ‘Predator’ football boots – contained very high levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), at 14 times the company’s own restriction limits.

What to do with a plastic bottle instead of throwing it away – video

tomorrowlandAnd finally – here’s a lovely ten minute short film about our friends at ID&T – organisers of the Tomorrowland and Mysteryland festivals – and their move to be part of those who care for our planet – and promote brilliant – but sustainable events.

Are you a Student Recycling Champion? Win your way to Reading or Leeds Festival 2014

every canAre you recycling savvy? A student who is dedicated to reducing your carbon foot print?

Then this is your opportunity to make a difference, because we’re looking for a team of Student Recycling Champions to help spread the recycling message at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Competition organisers Every Can Counts have teamed up with National Student Magazine and Festival Republic, which runs some of the UK’s major music events, to launch a competition that gives our winners the chance to see how recycling works at Reading and Leeds festivals and make a valuable contribution to the event’s environmental efforts. Winners will also get the opportunity to work with industry leaders to gain an impressive experience to add to their CV, plus plenty of time to enjoy some of the bands on the line-up.

To be in with a chance of winning, you simply need to suggest an innovative idea which would encourage more festival-goers to recycle their empty drink cans. It could be a new way of rewarding recyclers for saving their cans, a bigger and better way to promote the recycling message, or simply a way of making recycling more appealing to the festival goers.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to help Every Can Counts and Festival Republic make a difference, send your big idea to  studentchampions@citypress.co.uk. You can also support your written idea with video, imagery or a good old fashioned presentation.

A judging panel made up of industry professionals will pick six lucky winners who will form two teams of Student Recycling Champions. Each team member will receive a wristband enabling them to work for two days, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August and then enjoy the festival in the evenings and all day on Sunday 24th August.

The winners will see behind the scenes of the festival’s recycling operation, work closely with Every Can Counts to promote recycling on site, interacting with festival-goers and encouraging them to recycle more. You will also need to be available to take part in a training workshop prior to the festival weekend, and will be expected to contribute towards communications around the festival e.g. writing about your experiences through guest blogs and taking part in interviews.

The competition is open to students who are currently studying, or have graduated in or after 2013, from a UK university or college. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 8th June 2014.

For more information about the competition please visit www.everycancounts.co.uk/events/studentrecyclingchampions

To find out what Every Can Counts has done with festival recycling in the UK check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/everycancounts

 

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EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR THE BALKANS

Our friends at the Exit Festival sent us this photo of the devastating floods

Our friends at the Exit Festival sent us this photo of the devastating floods

The worst floods in the Balkans for a century have killed at least 47 people after the region’s most extreme rainfall in more than a century (when records began) inundated large swathes of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in recent days and unleashed more than 3,000 landslides that swept away homes and unearthed land mines from the region’s 1992-95 war. The flood waters are threatening Serbia’s main power plant – and the River Sava has burst its banks in many areas after months of rain fell in just three days. The death toll is expected to rise In Bosnia, and over 3,000 landslides have buried houses and disturbed landmines laid during the war in the 1990s. In one Bosnian town alone, Doboj, the mayor said more than 20 bodies had been taken to the mortuary. The floods are also affecting Croatia and at least 12 towns along Sava River have given warnings. Croatia has also evacuated thousands of people along Sava. The fresh evacution orders included one for the town of Obrenovac, where soldiers, police and volunteers worked around the clock to protect the coal-fired Nikola Tesla power plant, which supplies electricity for half of Serbia and most of the capital Belgrade.Emergency crews have so far protected the plant by building high walls of sandbags, but some of the barriers were destroyed when a powerful nine-foot-high surge of floodwater burst through them on Monday. In Bosnia, Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija called the flood damage “immense” and even compared it to the destruction during the country’s 1992-95 war. YOU CAN DONATE TO HELP THE FLOOD VICTIMS HERE  and HERE and HERE our friends at the Exit Festival have told us that  a lot of scheduled artists in the region for solo concerts and/or festivals in this area already gave up a part or their full fees in order to help this cause in a move spearheaded by Punk Rocker Billy Idol – https://twitter.com/BillyIdol/status/468308657315135488 who said “I’m playing in Serbia soon I will donate part of my earnings from that nights gig to a relief fund, hope that might help in some small way”  and Ben’s band, the Pig Ignerents who are playing Exit in July are supporting this.  In the UK the Croatian Embassy is also collecting bedlinen, clothes, food, hygiene products and other items which Croatian Airlines will fly to Croatia for free. Money donations are collected through Croatian Red Cross (for all three countries), there is online donation link and PDF instructions in English  http://www.hck.hr/en/page/emergency-appeal-for-flood-affected-areas-in-croatia-415

New survey calls for an end to wasteland festival culture and dumped tents

DestertedTentsThe Love Your Tent campaign and Buckinghamshire New University have published the results of a survey of festival-goers about the waste left by punters on festival sites, an increasingly big issue for the festival sector with logistical, environmental and commercial ramifications, and something previously highlighted by the A Greener Festival organisation.

Juliet Ross-Kelly, who set up the Love Your Tent initiative on the back of environmental work she has done with the Isle Of Wight Festival, says LYT aims to discourage an increasingly common practice amongst festival-goers in the UK and beyond, buying a cheap tent for attending a festival, with the intention of just leaving it in the camping field at the end of the event. So that someone else has to dispose of it. In 2013 many supermarkets had two person tents on sale for less than £10. The survey – an industry first – found consumers at festivals have developed a socially unacceptable practice of leaving all of their waste – including tents and camping equipment – behind. This comes at a time when campsite wastes contributes to a staggering 86% of total music festival waste, while 71% of this waste caused lasting land damage to the native flora of the festival sites

PinkLOVEYOURTENT_logoIn the survey of 1200 festival-goers from multiple countries, a “shocking” 60% admitted to discarding tents at the end of festivals, with a third then saying they intended to continue doing so, and another third unable to say for certain they wouldn’t do it again in the future. This despite the fact 86% of those surveyed recognised waste was a major environmental factor at festivals.

Bucks New University’s Teresa Moore told CMU: “Through our research we wanted to put some data behind the annual media coverage of campsite waste at festivals. What we found confirms a growing problem which is not confined just to the UK. As tent prices continue to fall, more cheap tents are discarded at festivals. It’s time for retailers to take their share of their responsibility and work with event organisers to tackle this problem”.

Ross-Kelly’s work at the Isle Of Wight Festival has included inviting festival-goers to sign up to a commitment regarding taking responsibility for their waste, and their tents, pointing out that by camping alongside similarly committed people festival-goers will be able to stay in a much more pleasant campsite for the duration of the event. Launched in 2012, their ‘RESPECT’ campsite at the Isle of Wight gives consumers the opportunity of an almost VIP camping experience for free, upon signing their TENT COMMANDMENTS, a code of practise that RESPECT is left without waste. She is encouraging other festivals to introduce similar measures, with a bid to reducing campsite waste at festivals by 10% year on year. Ross-Kelly said: “Thanks to the great support and work by Bucks we can see how much work still needs to be done to encourage a change in audience behaviour. By targeting festivals to reduce their campsite waste by 10% year on year we are leading a change that will help to protect festival culture for future generations and from the work that we’ve done with the Isle of Wight Festival, we know it’s achievable”.

Isle of Wight Festival organiser, John Giddings added, “audiences leaving stuff behind is an issue us organisers have been dealing with for many years and the Bucks survey shows it’s a worsening problem. Supporting the Love Your Tent campaign has allowed us to offer a real alternative for campers who are fed up with wading through waste to get to and from their tents each day. We know there is a real market for a sustainable camping

Festival News

Osfest-logoOsfest, the Shropshire based festival, which was meant to take place over the UK’s May bank holiday weekend, has now been moved back to 9-10 Aug. It seems that rhe Wiley and Union J headlined event wasn’t selling enough tickets, which organisers have linked to the fact that late-May is the height of exam-time for the festival’s target ticket-buyers, who are mainly students and MD Mike Scott also blamed increased rivalry from other festivals, “most notably BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend”, moving to the bank holiday, which made booking acts harder.

Michael_Eavis (1)Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured by the music industry for his outstanding contribution. Michael, who first hosted an event on his land in Somerset in 1970, will be recognised for his achievements in staging live music and in raising money for charity. He will be given the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award at a special fundraising dinner on November 3, raising money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust. Mr Eavis, 78, said: “When I set out on this crazy hippy trip 44 years ago, little did I know how this rollercoaster would run. But now I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up to the excitement of another day – heading up a team of the most creative artists anywhere in the world.” Picture: Portrait of Michael Eavis by Bea Gibson.

northsideDenmark’s NorthSide has sold out in record time. In its fifth year, this is the third sold-out event for the organisers of the 35,000-capacity festival. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be able to put the ‘sold out!’ sign in the window, especially this long before we open the doors to three days of fantastic music. It gives us some peace of mind in these last weeks, when we all are really busy constructing and organising the area, which will be rather different than last year,” says spokesperson John Fogde. NorthSide takes place on 13-15 June, featuring Lana Del Ray, The National, Franz Ferdinand, Mew, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age and Pixies.

Congo14A new festival is being planned to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Rumble In The Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The international, not-for-profit festival will be called CONGO14 and will take place over two days with simultaneous events in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Louisville, Kentucky. CONGO14 is a music, sporting and cultural event which organisers say will bring leading contemporary music artists and sporting personalities to Kinshasa in September to perform in the 35,000 capacity Stade Tata Raphaël with a simultaneous international broadcast/stream. Over the same weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali’s hometown and headquarters of the Muhammad Ali Center, a parallel event will take place, beamed live via satellite to the Stade Tata Raphaël in Kinshasa. Organisers, Cable Music and Authentic Brands Group say both events will feature well-known names from the worlds of music, sport, arts and entertainment.

latitude-festival-2014Latitude has been awarded Attitude Is Everything’s Silver Award for compliance with its Charter Of Best Practice for providing access for deaf and disabled festival-goers. Amongst the provisions Latitude offers are British Sign Language interpretation services for performances at the event, as well as viewing platforms for wheelchair users and access for artistes with disabilities. Melvin Benn, MD of Latitude promoter Festival Republic said: “I am very proud and delighted that Latitude has achieved the Silver level from Attitude Is Everything this year. Festival Republic takes access at all of our events very seriously and we are committed to improving the festival experience to all of our valued disabled and deaf customers. We hope to build on our achievements this season, with the team working in conjunction with Attitude Is Everything to make our 2014 events as accessible as possible”. And Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull added: “Access provision goes beyond just building facilities for people with physical impairments; there is a wide range of provision for people who have sensory impairments and as a result, Festival Republic have been rewarded with a loyal customer base of deaf and hearing-impaired people. Latitude regularly programmes deaf and disabled artists which is important because it demonstrates the value of programming a diversity of artists to other commercial festivals”.

summercampA US concert promoter is annoyed about billboards for a local law firm sited by his music-festival site – that offer legal services to those arrested at the event. Event promoter Jay Goldberg, who organises the 15,000 capacity Summer Camp festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, has complained about the ads – that have included one with the headline ““Arrested at the Festival?” with the law firm’s name and phone number. In Goldberg’s view, the billboards by an East Peoria law firm look sensational and crass, the Peoria Journal Star reports, calling the ads “ignorant and stupid”. Chillicothe Mayor Doug Crew also dislikes the billboards advertising the services of Hall, Rustom & Fritz. “It does cast the area in a poor light,” he told the Journal Star.