RECORD NUMBER OF FESTS EARN GREENER AWARD

RECORD NUMBER OF FESTIVALS EARN THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD

A further sixteen UK, North American and European festivals have been named by independent environmental campaign group A Greener Festival as winners of the prestigious Greener Festival Award 2010, making a record breaking total of 47 winners in 2010.

The new winners include Bonnaroo (USA). Lightning in a Bottle (USA), West Beach (USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Outside Lands (USA), Shambala Festival (Northants), End of the Road (Wiltshire), Waveform (Norfolk), Bestival (Isle of Wight), Camp Bestival (Lulworth), The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival, Hard Rock Calling (London), T-in-the-Park (Scotland), Big Tent (Scotland), Boom (Portugal) and Welcome to the Future (Netherlands).

The previously announced winners of the 2010 Award are fourteen UK festivals: the Isle of Wight Festival, The Big Session Festival (Leicester), Wood Festival (Oxfordshire), Lounge on The Farm (Canterbury), Sonisphere at Knebworth, The Glastonbury Festival, Wireless Festival (Hyde Park), Splendour 2010 (Nottingham), The Bristol Harbour Festival, The Sunrise Celebration (Somerset), The City of London Festival, Standon Calling (Hertfordshire), The Summer Sundae Weekender (Leicester) and the Croissant Neuf Summer Party (Monmouthshire). In addition there are nine European festivals: SOS 4.8 (Spain), OpenAir St Gallen (Switzerland), The Oya Festival (Norway), Malmo Festivalen (Sweden), Grassroots (Jersey), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Open Air Festival (Czech Republic), Hadra Trance Festival (France) and Rototom Reggae Sunsplash (Spain). They joined the nine Australian festivals who have already received the Greener Festival Award in 2010 – Bluesfest, The Falls Festival (on two sites) WOMADelaide, Southbound, Fairbridge, Island Vibe, Blues n Roots and Peats Ridge Festival.

A number of festivals have been named as ‘Outstanding’ including The Isle of Wight Festival, Shambala, Croissant Neuf Summer Party, Big Tent, The Sunrise Summer Celebration and Wood Festival in the UK, Boom and the Oya Festival in Europe, Lightning in a Bottle and OSheaga in North America and Peats Ridge in Australia.

All of the festivals have signed up to support environmentally good practices wherever possible and work with their audiences to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, particularly from audience travel which often constitutes in excess of 70% of greenhouse gas emissions from rural sites. Festival organisers also have to complete a fifty three question assessment covering travel policies, CO2 emissions, waste and recycling policies, water use, noise pollution, environmental impact and green office policies. Festivals also have to undergo an independent environmental audit by an assessor sent by A Greener Festival.

Ben Challis, co-founder of A Greener Festival said: “We have had a record number of entries in 2010 and have made a record breaking 47 Awards this year (up from 37 festivals in 2009, 32 festivals in 2008 and 16 festivals in 2007 when the Awards scheme began). This is particularly impressive, not least because of the economic downturn but also because year on year we have raised the bar and made our Awards scheme more and more focussed on a meaningful and practical responses to climate change and pollution. We are also delighted that we have had more European and Australian festivals entering, new entrants in the UK and growing interest in the USA, showing that many festivals have a real commitment to environmental good practice and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Max Robertson, Development Manager for Robertson Taylor Insurance said “We have been working with A Greener Festival and their members for a number of years. We continue to offer insurance premium discounts for festivals that adhere to the Greener Festival recommendations and we are delighted to support the Awards. Congratulations to all the Award winners and we look forward to another successful and green festival season in 2011”

The UK Awards will be presented at the UK Festival Awards which will be held on Thursday November 18th at the O2 in London where the overall ‘Greenest Festival’ Award will be made. European Awards will be presented at the European Festival Awards scheduled for January 2011 in Groningen, Netherlands, where winners from European festivals organisation Yourope’s parallel ‘Green n Scheme’ will also be acknowledged.

Having created an Award trophy out of recycled plastic bottles, CDs and remoulded Wellington Boots in 2009, this year’s award is made out of a recycled wine bottles specially re-labelled by the Award organisers. The Awards scheme is sponsored by specialist music industry insurance brokers Robertson Taylor

A Greener Festival Ltd. is a not-for-profit company committed to help music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices through providing information, by providing education resources and by swapping ideas. The organisation’s website www.agreenerfestival.com provides information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently employed at music and arts festivals and provides a forum for discussion about how the impact of festivals on the environment can be reduced and how the impact can be limited at future events by by providing information on the best ideas from greener festivals from around the world.

Apart from the Greener Festival Awards scheme, other initiatives include the annual ‘Great Big Green Ideas’ competition run in association with the Big Issue and www.virtualfestivals.com to encourage members of the public to suggest new ideas for festivals to ‘get greener’, a new environmental project called Festival Wood which will be a new wood planted by donations from festival goers, a certificate in sustainable event management offered by Buckinghamshire New University and pan-European research into trends and developments in environmental good practice. A Greener Festival recently released the ‘Festival Harvest’ double CD and download album, featuring some of the best new talent to be found at festivals in 2010 asnd packaged in environmentally friendly recyclable card and produced by Greener Festival supporter Disc Manufacturing Services.

The three co-founders of A Greener Festival are Ben Challis, Claire O’Neill and Luke Westbury and they all work in the entertainment sector in the UK. They are supported by three Awards co-ordinators in the USA, UK/Europe and Australia and team of volunteer environmental assessors from music industry and scientific backgrounds who independently audit festivals for the Awards scheme across the globe. The group receive no public money of any nature. The Awards scheme is kindly supported by Robertson Taylor, specialists in insurance for music and live events.

Outstanding Big Tent (Scotland) Croissant Neuf Summer Party (England) Boom (Portugal) Isle of Wight Festival (England) Lightning in a Bottle (USA) Osheaga (Canada) Oya Festival (Norway) Peats Ridge (Australia) Shambala (England) Sunrise Summer Celebration (England) Wood  Festival (England)  

Commended (and *Highly Commended) Bestival*  (England) Big Session Weekend (England) Bonnaroo* (USA) Bristol Harbour Festival (England) Camp Bestival (England) Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival (England) Falls Festival # (Australia) The Glastonbury Festival* (England) Grassroots* (Jersey) Hard Rock Calling (England) Hadra Trance Festival (France) Island Vibe (Australia) Lounge on the Farm (England) Malmo Festivalen* (Sweden) Open Air Festival (Czech Republic) OpenAir St Gallen (Switzerland) Outside Lands* (USA) Rototom Sunsplash (Spain) SOS 4:8*  (Spain) Southbound (Australia) Summer Sundae Weekender T-in-the-Park* (Scotland) Waveform* (England) Womadelaide (Australia) Wireless (England) West Beach (USA)

Improving Byron Bay Blues + (Australia) City of London Festival (England) End of the Road (England) Fairbridge (Australia) Rock For People (Czech Republic) Sonisphere (England) Splendour Festival (England) Standon Calling (England) Westcoast Blues (Australia) Welcome to the Future (Netherlands)