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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.


A Greener Festival update

Firstly, congratulations to all of the winners  of the competition to win a copy of our brilliant double CD and download album ‘FESTIVALS HARVEST’ – if you have won, you would have got a email from us by now. And almost all of Virtual Festivals’ truly international readership (as far afield as the USA and Germany, Australia and  Belgium) got it right – how do you cut down on personal CO2 emissions to get to festivals ? Well walking and cycling are brilliant, followed by coach and train – but if you have to go by car – the answer is LIFTSHARE!

On the topic of travel, Latitude sent us a really really well planned out transport plan for this year’s festival (which has just finished).  Organisers Festival Republic were keen to encourage festival goers to respect the local environment and local residents and put in place public transport options to encourage everyone to leave their cars at home, with a convenient network of coaches, trains and shuttle buses to get right into the heart of the festival. With transport to and from festivals the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions, public transport options are essential to lightening a festival’s environmental load. Not only that, it will also help to reduce congestion in the car parks and on the surrounding roads. Cycling was certainly one option – and Latitude had bike racks available onsite for cyclists and whilst actually walking to the site was discouraged, as local roads around the site are not suitable for pedestrians, there was a Shuttle bus available. The Festival also joined up with National Express, Anglian Bus and rail operators to offer a variety of convenient and good value public transport options pointing out that travelling by train emits three and half times less CO2 than travelling alone by car and travelling in a full coach is the greenest form of motor transport with each journey generating less than 10% of CO2 per person than those who travel alone by car (see the statistics below). Latitude also promoted Liftshare and had almost 900 people registered for Liftshare for the Festival. If just a third of them matched lifts, that’s a potential saving of almost 24 tonnes of CO2 – if every car coming to Latitude Festival had 4 people in it, there could be almost 3000 fewer cars and a reduction in CO2 emissions of almost 240 tonnes!

It has been really nice to see bands who feature on Festivals Harvest out and about at festivals too – Ellen & The Escapades, Mayhew, Tom Williams & The Boat and My Luminaries were all at Glastonbury and Yearner Babies at Glastonbury and at Lounge on the Farm (yes Duncan, that WAS me in the audience). The amazing Beaus will be at the Tramlines Festival at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield on the 24th July – catch them if you can – its free!  If you haven’t got a copy of Festivals Harvest yet – you can get  28 brilliant new tracks from 28 brilliant new bands here http://www.amazon.co.uk/FESTIVAL-HARVEST-Various-Artists/dp/B003MUXDYA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1274453195&sr=8-4 and here http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=522123  and http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/15159469/Festival-Harvest/Product.html

We have been busy busy busy visiting festivals who are taking part in our Greener Festivals Awards scheme – in the UK, on mainland Europe and in the USA.  Penny kicked off our visits with a trip to Spain for SOS 4.8 in Murcia, Rob then had a mini tour of his own having bagged to Open Air St Gallen in Switzerland and then on to Rock for People in the Czech Republic and back for The Big Session in Leicester,  Luke visited the ever brilliant and inspiring Isle of Wight Festival as well as Wireless in Hyde Park, Sharon was at Hard Rock Calling, Claire went to  Hadra in France, Penny and Mish visited Glastonbury, Iain made it to T-in-the-Park in Scotland, Hel went to Wood, Alicia was at Sunrise and Ben made it to Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury. Over the pond in the USA, our Awards organiser , Lee, organised visits to Summer Camp, Lightning in a Bottle and Bonnaroo  – and thanks  to Rashon, Lindsay  and Derek for their help in the US. Over in Australia, Amie has done all her hard work and has her feet up, busy sticking our own very special labels on recycled empty bottles of wine – for our 2010 Awards season winners – hic! We have more to get too as well, including Sonisphere, Kendal Calling, Big Tent, The Cambridge Folk Festival and Splendour in the Grass, Grassroots, Summer Sundae Weekender, Oya Festival, Malmo Festivalen, Rototom Summer Sunsplash, Solfest, Bestival and the Croissant Neuf Summer Party. See you there!

Lastly – it was really nice to get an email from Shai, a festival organiser in Israel, thanking us for our efforts. This is what Shai said:  “Thanks for the quick reply, and for the data you’ve sent.  Your site brings a lot of inspiration to where we could be if we gather in good ideas and knowledge from festivals with experience.  We hope you’ll keep on with this beautiful work, and hope we’ll get some progress here that we can show off! We’ll  be in touch and Thanks again!”

Those travel statistics!

CO2 Emissions per Passenger Mile getting to and from a Festival

(1) Coach: 26.97g. Car: 334.2g.

(2) Train: 96.32g. Car: 334.2g.

(3) Car (4 people): 86.05g.

Based on DEFRA 2008 emissions figures, coach with 40 passengers, train with national average occupancy rates, solo occupant in cars.


28 hot new bands, picked by 6 of the best British festivals ever – all for the bargain price of £7.99. You can pre-order FESTIVAL HARVEST now and if you send us a cheque for £7.99 (including UK postage and packing) we will send you this beautiful double CD. It is also the best way for us to raise funds for A Greener Festival as we get to keep all of the funds for our good causes – and you get the CDs doule quick! So write to us today at 8 Henley Prior, Collier Street, Londn N1 9JU and make your cheque for £7.99 payable to ‘A Greener Festival Ltd’. The album will be released on June 7th and will be available from all good record stores and download stores.

And you can pre-order from these sites NOW
Distributed by MC9 Music / Activate Media

Top turns at The Great Escape this week!

We are really pleased that three of the bands featured on our Festival Harvest double album are playing at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton this week – for more see www.escapegreat.com. The Album also launches at The Great Escape on Friday 14th May. The release date is the 1st June.



ELLEN & THE ESCAPADES  www.ellenandtheescapades.com 



YEARNER BABIES   www.myspace.com/yearnerbabies 




FRIDAY – Skint Records party (invite only)  http://www.myspace.com/mirrorsmirrorsmirrors

Ellen & The Escapes at the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Final in Pilton in March – they went on to win and have are now boooked to play the Acoustic Stage and the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury 2010. Photo by John Bryant at http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/news/?c=Emerging%20Talent%20Comp .  Other bands on the Festival Harvest album who are playing Glastonbury 2010  include Mayhew, Tom Williams & The Boat and My Luminaries.

Festival Harvest line up announced


The line up and track listing for our brand new FESTIVAL HARVEST double CD is out. The new CD will be packed in 100% card to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has been certified for the new IG Mark. The CD will be released as a limited edition double CD and as a download on June 1st. The bands are the BEST of British new talent – enjoy!

Festival Harvest


  1. ELLEN & THE ESCAPADES Without You
  2. CHANGING HORSES  Cut All Strings
  3. MIRRORS  Lights and Offerings
  4. SCOTT RABA  & THE ACE River Runs Dry
  5. HERELDEDUKE  Shudda
  6. THE MORNING ORCHESTRA  Whatever Goes Around 
  7. REBECCA MAYES   Don’t Lose Your Head
  8. FAMILY MACHINE  Got It Made 
  9. MY LUMINARIES   Parasol 
  10. TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT  Concentrate
  11. THE SHUTES  Satellite Gods
  12. THE SECRET CINEMA BAND  Official Neck For The Rope
  13. MAYHEW  Foxglove
  14. FADED CADENCE  The Valediction 



  1. FANGS  Cos I Said So 
  2. A BAND CALLED QUINN  Ghosts From The War
  3. THE BEAUS  Final Notice 
  4. LYKEZ Ft RAGGZ, D.TAIL & BITTER I Does Dis Ting 
  5. MOPP Ft Beth Hold On
  6. GOODBYE STEREO  Lightyears Away
  7. LIGHTGUIDES   Midget Gems
  8. TIGER SHADOW   Escape 
  10. MONTAGE POPULAIRE  Sorrow’s Well Rehearsed (Demo)
  11. THE ORKID  Roads From Here
  13. YEARNER BABIES  Icarus
  14. THE MOLES  Neptune’s Beard

All of the bands were chosen by bookers and organisers at The City Showcase, The Glastonbury Festival, The Isle of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling, Solfest, T-in-the-Park, Music South West and Plugged in Yorkshire.


Logo: Bristol Music Foundation

Great Escape CD’s get the IG Mark

Plymouth based Disc Manufacturing Services have produced CD’s to be distributed at the Great Escape for BMF / Generator and AGreenerFestival.

Both the Crushing the Great North South Divide CD and A Greener Festival’s Festivals Harvest CD have been produced by Disc Manufacturing Services (DMS) in 100% card packaging that has been certified for the Industry Green (ig) mark by Julie’s Bicycle, the cross music industry initiative on climate change set up to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

DMS Managing Director Dave Summers said, ‘As a manufacturer embracing the future needs of a low carbon society, DMS are delighted to offer a full range of printed CD packaging that is scientifically certified to be far less harmful to the environment than plastic jewel cases. Julie Bicycle have guided us over the past year in developing these IG certified products and we can offer IG accreditation at no cost to clients on a wide range of printed packaging. The releases at TGE by A Greener Festival and Crushing The Great North South Divide (BMF/Generator) are two fine examples of IG accredited packaging’.

Ben Challis from AGreenerFestival commented, “We have just finished the production of our ‘Festival Harvest’ double CD – which will promote the work of AGreenerFestival, the campaign and advice group that aims to reduce the environmental impact of music festivals around the world. The CD is packaged in 100% card to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and it was important for us to show that low carbon products are attractive and innovative, and the IG mark is a credible certification scheme supporting these values”.

Industry Green certification for CD packaging assesses whether a CD packaging format is ‘lower carbon’. To be eligible for Industry Green status the packaging manufacturing process must be found to produce less than 400g greenhouse gas emissions per unit, at least two thirds less than standard CD packging (plastic jewel case, booklet and inlay). In addition, the packaging supplier must demonstrate that they are engaged and committed to greenhouse gase emissions reduction and disclosure. Successful packaging formats can carry the ig mark under licence.

This development is significant in the ongoing work of the BMF with Julie’s Bicycle to introduce sustainable practices within music businesses and general activity in music in the South West.

The CDs will launch at the Scrumpy & Brown Ale party at the Great Escape in Brighton on Fri 14th May from 6 til 7pm in the Founders Room in the Dome. Invite only. Live music from the very wonderful Jackie Oates and Nadine Shah

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