Eco-Friendly Music Festivals Around The World
Since the 18th century humans have been attending music festivals. As a form of cultural festivity, centered around musical acts and celebrations, humans have been using music festivals for hundreds of years to join together, enjoy the music and build community amongst each other. However, with people gathering and celebrating, there always comes the aftermath of the event. The energy required to put on the show, the waste produced from festival goers, and the logistics required to transport the equipment and set it up, all contribute to the overall environmental impact that festivals have.
According to the Greener Festival report, which analyzed data from events held in 17 countries, the average festival produces 500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the weight of three single-story houses. Furthermore, an environmental impact report on Coachella and other festivals held on the Indio grounds by event organizer Goldenvoice, stated that these events generate an estimated 1,612 tons of solid waste annually, or about 107 tons per festival day. Only 20 percent of that waste is recycled.
In recent years, a new wave of music festivals has emerged, not only captivating audiences with electrifying performances but also championing a greener and more sustainable future. These eco-friendly music festivals have become pioneers of change, showcasing that it is possible to enjoy world-class music while minimizing environmental impact. From innovative waste management systems and renewable energy sources to conscious food choices and environmental education, these festivals create immersive experiences that blend music, art, and sustainability. In this blog, we will explore the growing movement of eco-friendly music festivals, highlighting their efforts, initiatives, and the positive influence they have on festival-goers and the planet. Get ready to groove and embrace harmony in the realm of eco-conscious celebrations and read on to hear about 3 music festivals that are doing their part to offset their carbon footprint.
1. Amsterdam’s DGTL
Born in Amsterdam in 2013, DGTL is a festival full of discovery, inspiration and innovation.
Partnering with top VJs, DGTL creates mesmerizing visuals. Beyond music and art, it's a space for revolutionary sustainability projects and experimentation.DGTL prioritizes environmental consciousness and strives to become the most sustainable festival worldwide, investing significantly in reducing its carbon footprint. Renowned for its plant-based food court and commitment to eliminating single-use plastics, DGTL achieved full sustainability and circularity in 2022. DGTL maximizes their sustainability by reusing old construction materials, sourcing all the energy from renewable sources, and eliminating gas emissions from transportation movements.
Renowned as the global benchmark for sustainable festivals, the Paris event has earned the prestigious 'Outstanding' award from A Greener Festival on nine occasions. Building on this success, the festival is taking further strides by adopting a fully vegetarian approach backstage and throughout the entire event in 2023. Committed to responsible gastronomy, the festival goes plastic-free, setting an example for others. Moreover, it remains a rare gem as one of the few festivals worldwide powered entirely by sustainable energy. The festival also has the addition of a “Think Tank”, an area which invites scientists, activists, artists, sociologists, and others who will be leading round tables, conferences, and screenings. With unwavering dedication, this year promises to uphold their remarkable sustainability legacy.
3. England’s Glastonbury
Known as one of the most prestigious and internationally-recognized music festivals in the world, Glastonbury sets the tone for many festival-fanatics as well as other festivals to follow their leadership as one of the greats. In an exciting turn of events, Glastonbury announced that for their 2023 festival they will be running entirely on renewable energy, showcasing its dedication to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. All festival production areas will be powered by electricity sourced from eco-friendly, non-fossil fuel options and solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery hybrid systems. To further embrace renewable energy, selected market stalls will be supplied with power from a temporary wind turbine. In addition, all generators will utilize sustainable and palm oil-free HVO fuel derived from waste cooking oil. These initiatives demonstrate a strong commitment to reducing environmental impact and utilizing clean energy sources throughout the festival.
As the 2023 edition draws near, festival-goers can anticipate an exceptional experience of world-class music, art, and entertainment, all while Glastonbury Festival takes remarkable strides towards a greener and more sustainable future.
Eco-friendly music festivals hold immense importance as they promote sustainability, inspire change, and create unforgettable experiences. These events demonstrate the harmonious coexistence of music, art, and the environment through renewable energy, waste reduction, and conscious choices. By educating and engaging attendees, they catalyze broader social and environmental movements.
These sustainably-driven music festivals serve as beacons of hope, driving industry practices and inspiring others to follow suit. Let us embrace these transformative events, uniting music and sustainability to create a greener future that resonates beyond the festival grounds. Together, we can make every beat count in protecting our planet.