Tag Archives: 2011

Our favourite summer photos!

 Ben has just come back from Green Events Europe which was held in Bonn on November 2nd and 3rd, and we were asked to provide some photos from some of the most inspiring and innovative summer festivals.  They were pinned up on some brillant display boards along with some great images from other festivals like Malmo and Ilosasrirock – So here they are – and many thanks to our two festival environmental auditors, Penny (Glastonbury, Open Air in the Czech Republic and We Love Green in Paris) and Helen (Wood and Camp Bestival) for these great pictures. Enjoy!

Glastonbury thanks the green travellers – nice compost loos too!

Glastonbury compost loos

Glastonbury bike park

The Glastonbury Solar Cinema (above)

Open Air CZ recycling bins

Trams at Open Air CZ

Water - who needs bottled water!

Above (Czech) and below (France) – who needs bottled water??

We Love Green in France

We Love Green – solar powered stage

We Love Green France

Compost toilets – We Love Green

Solar Stage – We Love Green

The Solar Stage at Wood

Compost loos at Wood

…and finally, the kids loos at Camp Bestival


AIF summer survey needs you!

For the past three years the Association of Independent Festivals have been conducting research into audience activity, experience and spending habits at independent festivals within the UK. This research tracks trends and highlights the importance of our thriving independent festival scene ensuring it can grow from strength to strength. The results also benefit independent festivals by providing quantifiable evidence of their significance to local and regional economies as well as tourism.

By filling out the survey not only will you be supporting your favourite independent festivals but you will be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to the festival you choose to complete the survey for. Bring on next summer!

To fill out the survey and be entered into the prize draw please click here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AIFAudienceSurveySummer2011

Green Events Europe – should YOU be there?

Green Events Europe promises to be the most important pan-European conference looking at the live events sector in 2011. Following on from last year’s successful debut, the Bonn based conference features a host of experienced and leading figures in the sustainability movement, and will cover a range of important practical topics looking at sustainability and environmental good practice at events.

You can find out more and register at  www.green-events-europe.eu

Robertson Taylor support ultimate Green Award!

Once again our friends at Festival Insurance specialists, Robertson Taylor, are proud to announce their support the UK Festival Awards, taking place this year on Tuesday 15th November in Camden’s legendary Roundhouse. And even better news –  RT are sponsoring the overall UK winner of the Greener Festival Award. RT have been a key supporter of A Greener Festival for four years now and also continue to support and promote greener festivals by providing discounts on insurance premiums for festival organisers who implement green initiatives.

We look forward to celebrating with everyone there – good luck to the nominees!!!!

Following last year’s sold-out events, the UK Festival Awards and Conference return on 15 November to bring the festival industry together for a day of networking, learning and to celebrate the achievements of the past year.

The Awards show takes place at London’s legendary Roundhouse, where guests will enjoy a drinks reception, gourmet three-course meal with wine and the always-talked-about after party. Taking place earlier on the same day, the UK Festival Conference will feature six vital business sessions covering topics including how to deal with extreme weather, what effect the Olympics will have on festival sponsorship, social media sales, and a keynote speech by Melvin Benn. It will also see the presentation of the Greener Festival Award in association with Robertson Taylor.

For more information, see www.festivalawards.com or www.festivalconference.com

If you haven’t got your ticket yet, then please click on www.festivalawards.com/tickets/

For more information on Robertson Taylor please click on www.robertson-taylor.com


We are delighted to be able to announce the line up and sleeve design for Festival Harvest 2011  – our new CD with eleven new bands for 2011 – all packed in recycled card by DMS to reduce the CD’s carbon footprint and promote a lower carbon future. CD packaging (in particular plastic jewel cases) can contribute up to 90% of a CD’s carbon footprint – so simply swapping to card packaging makes a big big difference.

The bands on the CD were all chosen because they are simply some of the best emerging talent from around the festivals in 2011 – the ‘cream of the crop’ – and the new CD will be launched at the UK Festivals Conference on November 15th November at the Forum in Kentish Town, London. The cover artwork was designed by the lovely Kareena Zerefos and the full line up is this:

Twin Brother Lungs   

My First Tooth Orchards  

Empty Headz From Before 

Related to Merv BBC2  

J-Treole Skydive  

Fallen Trees Black Eagle   

Freddie & The Fair Stone Youth Got A Little Soul   

Kamal  Arafa & The Moonlight Band Grey  

London Afrobeat Collective Lagos Junction  

Louise & The Pins Beauty Strange  

Akayzia Sleepwalking    

A big thank you to all the bands and songwriters who have donated a track to the album – and a big thank you to Disc Manufacturing Services who sponsored this CD and are specialists in lower carbon CDs and DVDs. You can find out more at  http://www.discmanufacturingservices.com/. DMS also teamed up with legendary British yachtsman Pete Goss MBE to encourage people to PACK IT IN – and move away from plastic packaging which is a major environmental threat to our oceans and marine wildlife. Since 2008 DMS has had a strong focus on reducing its carbon footprint and reducing the amount of plastic used in music packaging. DMS was one of the first companies to proceed with the IG mark from Julies Bicycle and has a full range of low carbon packaging for music, in particular for CD and DVD based releases.

More on the UK Festivals Conference at http://www.festivalconference.com/

You can order an advance copy of Festival Harvest 2011 by sending a cheque for £7.99 payable to ‘A Greener Festuval Ltd’ to 8 Henley Prior, Collier Street, London N1 9JU. Please make sure to enclose your name and address! The price includes P&P.  Please do! ALL proceeds will go to A Greener Festival.

Coldplay top headliners poll

Coldplay have been voted the best festival headliner of 2011, in an online poll conducted by BBC 6 Music. The band – who headlined Glastonbury and T In The Park – topped the survey with 22.7% of votes cast, breakfast show host Shaun Keaveny announced. US rock band The National came in second with 14.2%, while Muse were third with 13.9%. Coldplay’s drummer Will Champion told 6 Music playing festivals gave the band “a chance to win people over” and added “But there’s also a strong possibility that people have already made their mind up about you,” he added, “and no matter how well you play they’re not going to be happy about it.”

Picture of Coldplay at Glastonbury 2011 by Denis O’Regan

(C) 2011

Five dead in Pukklepop tragedy

At least five people have died and many more injured at the 60,000 capacity Pukklepop Festival in Belgium after a storm swept through the popular open-air music festival in the town of Hasselt, 50 miles east of Brussels. The storm hit the site in the late afternoon on Thursday 18th August. Concertgoers described scenes of panic as the sky darkened, the winds whipped, rain poured, hailstones nearly half an inch across pelted the crowds, and concert structures buckled. The worst affected area was the Chateau Stage which collapsed as the Smith Westerns began their set.  Lead singer Cullen Omori  told Pitchfork: “We had just finished the first song of our set at Pukkelpop when the stage/tent started shaking. We simply thought it was a storm passing through. I made a comment about Cheap Trick, and we were about to play the next one, when our tour manager yelled at me to run off the stage. Right then the tress collapsed one foot in front of Max. At this point we thought only the stage broke, not the tent. Amid the chaos it was hard to tell exactly what had happened, but after the rescue teams started coming in it became clear that there were severe injuries and we are now being told there are reports of multiple deaths. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in today’s tragedy”.

Hugo Simons, Hasselt’s head of emergency medical planning, told VRT radio that three people had died, 11 had been severely injured and 60 had sustained light injuries as a result of the storm and the numbers have since moved upwards. Ambulances ferried the seriously injured to nearby hospitals. Some of those lightly injured were being treated at a local sports complex. More than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the festival ground. Dutch NOS television reporter Rick Hoogkamp, who was attending the concert Thursday, said several tents collapsed. An AP reporter saw concession stands blown down and a large food tent spread across the ground. Initially only the remainder of Thursday’s shows, including Foo Fighters’ headline performance, were cancelled, but as the death toll rose and the extent of the damage became clearer, organisers decided to call off the whole event and Chokri Mahassine, the organiser of the festival who is a MEP initially said, “We have for now put the festival on hold until we understand the situation completely” Then confirmed the event’s cancellation saying “Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims. Words are not enough. We have struggled with the [initial] decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011. What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received … We ask everyone to understand that this decision was extremely difficult to make”. The news follows on from the disaster at the Indiana State Fair in the US on Saturday when a storm hit just before country stars Sugarland were due to perform on the event’s Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage killing five and injuring dozens more, and a stage collapse during a storm whilst Cheap Trick were onstage at the Ottawa Bluesfest in July

Video here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/aug/19/belgium-pukkelpop-festival-stormsand here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14582448