Monthly Archives: October 2015

UK Festival Awards 2015 – The Shortlists

UKFAThe UK Festival Awards has revealed the shortlists for the vast majority of its categories, which include Best Major, Medium Sized and Small Festivals; Headline Performance of the Year; Best Non-Music Festival; Best Hospitality; The Grass Roots Festival Award; and many more.

The UK Festival Awards will be held on November 26 at The Roundhouse in Camden. Preceding the Awards in the day time will be the UK Festival Conference, whose full listings were curated by Festival Insights and were announced last week. Find them here.

The following categories were decided by the online public vote:

Best Major Festival

Bestival
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Creamfields
Download
Glastonbury
Isle of Wight Festival
Parklife
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park
V Festival
Victorious Festival
Wireless

Best Medium Sized Festival

Beat Herder
Beautiful Days
Bloodstock Open Air
Camp Bestival
End Of The Road Festival
Green Man
Kendal Calling
Latitude
We are FSTVL
Y Not Festival

Best Small Festival

2000trees
Eden Festival
Festival Number 6
Garage Nation Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Lost Village Festival
Southampton Soundclash Festival
The Secret Festival
The Social Festival
Truck Festival

Best New Festival

Breaking Bands Festival
Common People
Forgotten Fields
Garage Nation
Lindisfarne Festival
Lost Village
Robin Hood Folk Festival
Southampton Soundclash Festival
Together The People
Wild Life Festival

Best Dance Festival

Beat Herder
Brownstock Festival
Creamfields
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) UK
Field Manoeuvres
Lost Village Festival
Parklife
Retro Trax
We are FSTVL
Wild Life Festival

Best Metropolitan Festival

Blackpool Music Festival
Dot to Dot
Live at Leeds
Liverpool Calling
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Sound City
Macmillan Fest
MADE Birmingham
Slam Dunk Festival
Tramlines

Best Family Festival

2000trees
Beautiful Days
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Camp Bestival
Eden Festival
Isle of Wight Festival
Kendal Calling
Latitude
Victorious Festival
Y Not Festival

The Grass Roots Festival Award

2000trees
ArcTanGent
Barn on the Farm
Beautiful Days
Bloodstock Open Air
Eden Festival
Green Man
Lost Village
The Secret Festival
Y Not Festival

Best Toilets

2000trees
Bestival
Creamfields
Download
Isle of Wight Festival
Kendal Calling
Reading & Leeds
V Festival
Wireless
Y Not Festival

Best Overseas Festival

Annie Mac Presents: Lost & Found Festival (Malta)
Benicassim (Spain)
Creamfields Ibiza (Spain)
Electric Picnic (Ireland)
Hideout Festival (Croatia)
Ibiza Rocks (Spain)
Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany)
Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
Snowbombing (Austria)
Sziget Festival (Hungary)

Best Headline Performance

Björk at Wilderness Festival
The Flaming Lips at Liverpool Sound City
Fleetwood Mac at Isle of Wight Festival
Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury
Grace Jones at Festival Number 6
Jon Hopkins at Bloc
Jungle at Secret Garden Party
Missy Elliot at Bestival
Muse at Download
Sufjan Stevens at End of the Road Festival
Taylor Swift at British Summer Time Hyde Park
The Libertines at Reading & Leeds

Anthem Of The Summer

Bring Me The Horizon – Throne
James Bay – Hold Back the River
Jamie xx – Loud Places
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Lionel Ritchie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Patti Smith – Gloria
Skepta – Shutdown
Spring King – City
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

The following categories were decided by panels of industry experts:

Best Line-Up

Bestival
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Common People
Download
Festival Number 6
Field Day
Isle Of Wight Festival
Kendal Calling
Latitude
Liverpool Music Week
Parklife
The Social Festival

The Extra Festival Award

Bearded Theory
Blissfields
Festival Number 6
Grillstock
Latitude
Liverpool International Music Festival
Lost Village
Standon Calling
The Big Feastival
Wild Life Festival

Best Festival For Emerging Talent (NEW)

Barn on the Farm
Bloodstock Open Air
Breakout Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Live at Leeds
LIVE in Barnsley
Liverpool International Music Festival
Liverpool Sound City
Mammothfest
Reading & Leeds

Best Use Of New Technology

Belladrum Tartan Heart (for the Rapidscan Box Office app)
Download (for RFID Cashless Dog Tags)
Latitude (for its live digital coverage)
Liverpool Sound City (for the Gigmit live music service)
Port Elliot Festival (for Loowatt)
Glastonbury Festival (for the Arcadia Spectacular biofuel flame system)
Reading Festival (for the CoLocator service)
Snowbombing (for RFID Cashless wristbands)
Wild Life Festival (for The Terminal Stage)

Best Hospitality (NEW)

2000trees
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Camp Bestival
Creamfields
Download
Festival Number 6
Fusion Festival
Glastonbury Festival
Shambala
Wilderness Festival

Best Non-Music Festival (NEW)

Base Camp Festival
Eroica Britannia
Innocent Un-Plugged
Insomnia Gaming Festival
Manchester International Festival
NASS Festival
Saloufest
Taste of London
The Good Life Experience
Wildfire Adventure Camp

Promoter Of The Year

Amust4Music (Bloodstock)
Andy George, Jaymo & Ben Atkins (Lost Village)
Andy Marsh & Ian Evans (Victorious)
Count of Ten (Y-Not, Tramlines, Truck, Brownstock)
Damien Sanders, Big Kev & Team (Fusion)
Fiona Stewart & Team (Green Man)
From the Fields (Kendal Calling, Forgotten Fields)
John Giddings (Isle Of Wight / Solo Agency)
Scott Barton (Creamfields)
SJM Concerts (Wild Life Festival)

Outstanding Contribution Award

Winner: Peter Gabriel

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We have to keep fighting for bees

beesHooray! A US court just ruled in favour of the bees: a Dow Chemical insecticide that is killing the bees should never have been approved.  The United States appeals court ruled that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, cancelling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory.

But the EU approved that same deadly chemical — sulfoxaflor — this summer. And to top it all off: EU legislators rubber-stamped the new insecticide using flawed data from Dow itself.

Up until now, the EU has been a trailblazer when it comes to protecting the bees – they were the first to put in place a two year ban on neonics. That’s why the EU must renew its leadership and ban ALL neonics.

SumofUs been fighting these deadly neonicotinoids for years, but in the last couple of months they say they were shocked to learn the situation was even worse than they thought: neonicotinoids aren’t just decimating bee colonies — they’re hurting birds too.

Evidence against the neurotoxins is piling up — but huge corporations like Dow Chemical and Bayer are stepping up their game as well: Just this summer Bayer’s lobbying efforts made the UK government suspend an EU-wide ban of neonics.

If we want to save the bees, we need to keep on standing up for them. Dow Chemical thought it could quietly start selling its new bee-killing insecticide in Europe — let’s prove it wrong!

Sign the petition to tell the European Commission to listen to its own scientists and ban Dow Chemical’s deadly new neonicotinoid!

SumOfUs have been right at the front of the global campaign to save our bees. They fought Bayer at a huge independent garden store show in Chicago, where the German chemical maker was out in force. Tens of thousands from the SumOfUs community took action and got Lowe’s — one of the biggest garden retailers in the world — to stop selling bee-killing insecticides.

 

New Welfare Guide Launched by the Events Industry Forum

events_industry_forum_logoA comprehensive new guide to welfare at events has been published by the Events Industry Forum.
The new guide, which has been written by welfare specialist Penny Mellor, draws on the experiences of a wide range of welfare organisations to provide a set of guidelines for providing welfare services at events, such as concerts and festivals. It also contains guidance for event organisers about providing welfare services as well as downloadable forms that can be used by those providing these services (e.g. lost property etc.)

This is thought to be the first time that guidance on welfare services has been made available and it is hoped that it will lead to greater consistency in the approach to the provision of these essential services.

The provision of good welfare services is critical at many events as they provide support for dealing with a wide range of issues, from drug problems, welfare and distress to lost people and property.

welfareThe new Welfare Guide is being published alongside the Purple Guide and will be provided to subscribers at no extra cost. The work to create the guide was funded by a grant from the Events Industry Forum raised through subscriptions to the Purple Guide. ‘The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events’ was originally published by the Health & Safety Executive, but taken over by EIF in 2014 with their support. It is considered to be the main reference source to health and safety by the events industry and is used widely by licensing authorities, enforcement agencies as well as event organisers.

EIF has made a commitment that all funds raised from subscriptions to the Guide, after costs, will be reinvested in support for the UK events industry and has recently announced that it is making a further £8,000 of grants available for industry projects. Details of the new guide can be found at www.thepurpleguide.co.uk

No such thing as a free lunch?

RJFPNo such thing as a free lunch? Strictly speaking, thanks to The Real Junk Food Project Brighton, this is no longer true.

If you are lucky enough to live in Brighton, then a group of dedicated Real Junk Food volunteers are now serving a delicious ‘pay as you feel’ lunch up to three times a week, from food that was heading for the bin.

Food from the bin? Well, not literally. Thanks to The Real Junk Food chief interceptor Sarah who spends most evening driving around Brighton collecting waste items from the back of supermarkets.

Did you know that almost half the food the world produces ends up as waste? In Britain alone, an estimated 18 million tonnes of food is wasted every year. ‘Use by’ and ‘best before’ dates plus our ridiculous desire for aesthetically pleasing food means 20-40% of perfectly edible vegetables don’t even reach the shops.

We have almost twice as much food as is required by the nutritional needs of our people yet there are 842 million individuals going hungry across the world. Food poverty does not need to be an issue.

Since February this year The Real Junk Food Project Brighton have saved over 13 tonnes of food from landfill and in September alone, 2.5 tonnes of food was intercepted and served up in their pop up cafes across the city.

The concept really is a simple one:

Intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it.  The ‘pay as you feel’ concept encourages diners to really think about what every plate of food means to them. If they are unable to give a financial donation there are many other ways they can help. Perhaps a spot of table clearing or washing up. Maybe help weigh some intercepted food or perhaps offer another skill to the project.

rjfp3Food is a basic amenity that should be available to EVERYONE regardless of financial status.

The growing army of volunteers are an amazing group of individuals from all walks of life including the long term unemployed, the learning impaired, the socially isolated, and the homeless. The project already plays an important role in many of their lives and has given some a revitalized sense of worth. The Real Junk Food Project aim to support all volunteers by providing the opportunity to integrate into a caring, fun community, develop their confidence and social skills, and to gain valuable work experience. With over 200 current volunteers and more getting involved every day, this is ultimately why these essential people return week after week.

The Real Junk Food Project Brighton are currently being offered more food than they can distribute so are looking for permanent premises. This will give them the chance to run the café 7 days a week and offer extra services. As well as addressing the catastrophic problem of food waste and food poverty, they aim to use premises to help people in other ways. To provide courses and training to teach people how to be waste conscious, how to live sustainably and self-sufficiently, how to grow their own food, how to compost, and how to eat a healthily diet on a budget.

If you know a building in Brighton that is crying out for a community café please get in touch with realjunkfood@gmail.com

For more information on the project visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

LET’S REALLY FEED THE WORLD!

Author:  Sarah Ryman – A freelance writer who volunteers for The Real Junk Food Brighton.

 

2016 – can we begin to clean our oceans of plastic waste?

Gyre ocean rubbishThere are five enormous ‘gyres’ where huge quantities of plastic plastic waste ends up in the oceans – massive garbage patches, poisoning marine life and ending up in the food supply of the planet. Toxic chemicals like PCBs and DDTs are absorbed by the plastic and cause diseases like cancer, malformation and impaired reproductive ability. It’s estimated that one third of the world’s oceanic plastic pollution is within the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. But now there is some good news:  At the age of just 18 Boyan Slat gave a riveting Ted Talk (see link) unveiling his plan to clean up the plastic pollution, using passive flotation devices and the ocean’s own currents. After all, “why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you?” In 2014, at the age of 19, he realised the plan was actually feasible, and now it’s going into effect off the coast of Japan. How does it work? Well ocean currents will pull the lighter-than-water plastics which thenfloat into barriers. What would have taken humanity and estimated 70,000 years to clean with boats and nets (that’s Charles Moore’s estimate- not ours) can be cleaned, instead, in decades. It’s estimated that a single, 100km cleanup array will clean 42% of the ocean’s plastic in 10 years. The first array will be deployed in 2016 and technology is underway to recycle the salvaged plastic into biofuel – anything up to 100 million tonnes of waste. Now this IS good news. The problem remains though – why are we dumping all this plastic waste into our oceans in the first place?

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/How-the-oceans-can-clean-them-2

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/450715060952633344/the-world039s-first-ocean-cleaning-system-will-be-deployed-in-2016

ANOTHER PLANET?

ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN INDEFINITE GROWTH ON A PHYSICALLY FINITE PLANET IS EITHER MAD, OR AN ECONOMIST. David Attenborough, quoting Kenneth Boulding.

greatapesForest fires in Indonesia, mostly lit illegally to clear rainforest for palm oil plantations, have pushed Indonesia above the USA as one of the world’s dirtiest countries, releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere than the USA and India. It is estimated one billion tonnes of CO2 have been released from the fires this year alone, Some fires have spread to peat in which the forests grow, and this peat can burn for many years, releasing both CO2 and methane, a far more toxic greenhouse gas. Airports and schools in Indonesia have been forced to close because of the smoke and pollution. One wildlife refuge in Borneo is considering a mass evacuation of orang-utans from its local area as the fires and thick smoke threaten to wipe out the beautiful apes.  MORE HERE.

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The European Union is on track to beat its target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, but any move to increase it from 20% to 30% will only be considered if matched by developed countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Hurricane Patricia, one of the most powerful storms on record, struck Mexico’s Pacific coast on Friday 23rd October with destructive winds that tore down trees, moved cars and forced thousands of people to flee homes and beachfront resorts. Hours after making landfall, the storm weakened but still packed winds of 130 miles per hour (210 km per hour). However, there were no reported casualties and officials said the damage might not be as catastrophic as feared.

Oh how we wish our Governments here in the UK had more vision and were not so in the thrall of the fossil fuel companies. Denmark, which has invested in windpower – is not about to export its surplus energy to the UK under plans unveiled by the National Grid who are planning  400 mile one billion Euro power line to link the two countries under the North Sea. The 1,400 megawatt cable could power up to one million homes and would be live in seven years. Whilst the cable could be used to export British energy to Denmark, it is expected that the flow will mostly be into the UK. A final decision in expected in 2018. The UK already imports electricity from France and Holland, and links to Norway and Belgium are planned.
The Guardian tells us that the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones. Now the trading city, nicknamed the “door of the desert”, is the centre for another blockbuster – a complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro and wind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020 with, it is hoped, some spare to export to Europe. The project is a key plank in Morocco’s ambitions to use its untapped deserts to become a global solar superpower. The potential for solar power from the desert has been known for decades. In the days after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 the German particle physicist Gerhard Knies, calculated that the world’s deserts receive enough energy in a few hours to provide for humanity’s power needs for a whole year. The challenge though, has been capturing that energy and transporting it to the population centres where it is required.

Up to 90% of community energy developers across the UK say that proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) would put their current projects at risk.
In a poll of 80 community energy companies, 67% thought their projects were ‘completely’ at risk, and 23% said they were ‘partially’ at risk due to the FIT review. More on Edie.net here.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed plans to remove ministerial powers over the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a major step forward towards the bank’s controversial privatisation. Writing in a ministerial statement on the 15th October, Javid said he was planning to remove public sector controls that allowed ministers to veto changes to the articles of association of the bank.

windturbines_300And a new report has revealed that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar photovoltaics reduced the UK’s wholesale annual cost of electricity by £1.55bn. The report  by renewable energy company Good Energy, shows that the rise in renewable energy is currently lessening the impact that subsidies are having on bill payers. (Scroll down for full report).  Good Energy chief executive Juliet Davenport said: “What is not taken into account is the fact that renewable energy, such as wind and solar, has actually been bringing the cost of energy down for consumers. The bill payer money invested into supporting renewables yields significant benefits, let’s be very clear about that.” More here.

Due to the “worsening and persistent haze situation”, Friendly Dog Entertainment, the organiser of Singapore music festival Spring Wave 2015, has announced  that the outdoor event planned for Fort Canning Green on Oct would will be cancelled.  The National Environment Agency said the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index for the festival date were expected to be in the low to mid sections of the very unhealthy range.

Processed meats, including sausages, bacon, ham and salami have been classified as a known cause of cancer by the World Health Organisation alongside carcinogens such as cigarettes, asbestos and diesel fumes. The WHO says the based on an analysis of almost 800 scientific studies, processed and red meats cause tens of thousands of deaths each year, many from bowel cancer. Cancer Research UK estimates that 8,800 cases of cancer in Britain each year are caused by eating processed or red meat.

Environment Secretaries from both New Labour and the Conservative party knew about the ongoing diesel emissions scandal that has hit VW and other car manufacturers who installed ‘defeat devices’ to allow their diesel cars to evade strict emission controls in the EU and the USA – and allowed £1.7 billion in tax breaks to be given to the car industry to promote diesel car sales.  Consumers were also led to believe that diesel cars are a ‘clean’ alternative to petrol cars. Research commissioned by Defra in 2009 showed that diesel cars were producing significantly higher emissions than expected when they were driven on the road – the then Environment Secretary was Hilary Benn according to the Times. In 2011 in Caroline Spellman’s time as Environment Secretary Defra identified an “inadequate” testing regime for diesel cars. Car makers are still spending an estimated £18.5 million each year trying to get the UK Parliament and the EU to water down emissions targets. Diesel emissions are a known cause of lung cancer.

parigi-570x350Nike, McDonalds, Sony and Dell are among 81 corporations that have signed up to a new White House-sponsored pledge promising individual and collective action on climate change. The White House announced that 68 new companies had signed up to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining 13 original signatories. By signing the agreement, the companies are calling for a’ strong outcome’ from the Paris climate talks, but the firms are also required to make significant pledges of their own to reduce emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy, and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses. Apple pledged to bring an estimated 280 megawatts of clean power generation online by the end of 2016, Berkshire Hathaway pledged to double its investment in renewables to $30bn, while Ikea promised to produce as much renewable energy as it uses by 2020.

Aston University will become the first university to offer its undergraduate students training in how climate change impacts businesses and society, when it hosts Carbon Week 2015 at the start of November. The University will dedicate a week of teaching for all second year undergraduates on understanding the challenge of climate change and the requirements of a low-carbon economy.

The University of Cambridge has signed an agreement with Cambridge Water to support the UK’s largest water recycling system at the University’s North West Cambridge Development site. The agreement between University and the water company will see two water supplies installed on the 150-hectare site – one which recycles rain and surface water to use for flushing toilets, clothes washing and garden watering, and another supplying high quality treated water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

Matt Ridley, a Tory peer,  climate change sceptic, serially misguided columnist in the Times newspaper and owner of the land that is home to England’s largest opencast coal mine has seen the mine targeted by protesters who are calling themselves Matt Ridley’s Conscience and who closed the mine for 8 hours by blockading the entrance and chaining themselves to railings. Nine people were arrested on the Blagdon Estate after the protest ended. Ridley recently helped edit the report that promoted the benefits of CO2 emissions.

Google has announced plans to buy a 12.5% stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya – Africa’s largest wind farm. The 310MW project will feature 365 wind turbines and provide almost a fifth of Kenya’s installed capacity.  The 40,000 acre project marks Google’s 22nd investment in clean energy, representing $2bn and 2.5GW power. Google has not disclosed the value of the investment.

A unique group of international heads of state, city leaders and international development banks has joined forces to call for an international price on carbon. The alliance – known as the Carbon Pricing Panel – is convened by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, and includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and California Governor Jerry Brown. The group argues that a price on carbon is an effective way to decarbonize the global economy as it provides certainty and predictability to the private sector so they can make long-term investments in climate smart development.

CRNOEdrWoAALp6OZero Waste Scotland has launched an 8-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to ‘upcycle’ unwanted pieces of furniture. The #DesignDoc campaign will see three Scottish designers transform one of seven items of furniture and post the details on Twitter and Facebook. Users who follow the #DesignDoc hashtag can see pictures of the piece of furniture waiting to be upcycled. Three ideas will be suggested by the designers as to how they might transform the piece and users will be asked to vote for their favourite design. The winning idea will be used to create the final upcycled article, with an accompanying ‘how to’ guide uploaded online with pictures.

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation’s 5p charge. New figures released this week – exactly a year after the levy was introduced – reveal that carrier bag usage has fallen by around 80%. The charge for single-use carrier bags has also raised around £6.7m for good causes in the past 12 months.

Edie.net reports that Britain’s forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country’s man-made infrastructure, environment secretary Liz Truss has said In a move which embraces the natural capital agenda, Truss said that trees and bees should be valued as “national assets” in the same way as structures such as the Forth rail bridge in Scotland. The environment secretary cited the example of Britain’s trees, which she says are more valuable in their natural form than as timber in the enjoyment they provide for people and their ecological role.

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8th Plate – REAL success with 2015 pilot festival food salvage projects

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