EE MUSIC supported the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna to become a pioneering green event.
Good Practice: an update from Festival Republic, UK
Good Practice: Huset KBH, Denmark
Good Practice: Club Audit, Norway
Good Practice: Electric Castle Festival, Romania
Good Practice: Music Club A, Portugal
Good Practice: Music Club B, Portugal
The EE MUSIC team performed an energy audit for the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, UK to understand what good energy management practice was already taking place and how the venue could further improve.
The Sage Gateshead in the UK is using data, a strong environmental policy, and staff engagement at all levels to realise substantial energy use reductions.
Øya is a music festival that has been running since 1999 and hosts artists spanning a variety of musical genres including pop, hip-hop, punk, rock and electronica.
Good Practice: Dia de la Musica, Spain
The Melt! Festival, with 20,000 visitors in 2013, is one of Germany’s pioneer festivals when it comes to going green.
Festival Internacional de Danças populares (International Festival of Folk Dances) is an annually held music festival in Castelo de Vide, Portugal.
Good Practice: Wiesen Festivals, Austria
ufaFabrik is a one-of-a-kind project that combines living and working in an International Centre for Culture and Ecology, and is situated in Berlin, Germany.
Imogen Heap performs an event completely powered
‘off the grid’
The “Gloria” is a former cinema and theatre and since the early 90s a well-known event location in the vibrant city Cologne.
Boom is a biannual electronic and world music festival based in Portugal attracting 26,000 audience members.
Festival Republic is a UK music promoter.
Global2000 Tomorrow Festival is an indoor/outdoor-based festival in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria.
The first Rock in Rio was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1985, with follow-up events in 1991, 2001 and an edition in odd years since 2011.
Estádio do Dragão (or Dragon Stadium) is an all-round sports and entertainment venue in Porto, Portugal.
Glyndebourne marks its 80th anniversary this year and is still a widely renowned landmark for opera and classical music.
Located in Esch-sur-Alzette in the South of Luxembourg, the Kulturfabrik houses work from various art forms such as music, theatre, exhibitions, visual arts, dance, literature and cinema.
Shambala is an independent music festival with an audience of about 10,000.
Set in a picturesque country park, the environment has always been central to its ethos.
Wembley Stadium has been using a best practice environmental management system to improve its impacts since 2007.
Tollwood Festival of Culture happens over 25 days twice a year (one in summer and one in winter) in Munich, Germany.
Band on the Wall is a not-for-profit venue run by registered charity Inner City Music.
Based in the district of Ehrenfeld in Cologne, Germany, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld hosts a wide range of cultural events such as concerts, parties, exhibitions and poetry slams.
Village Underground is an East London-based music venue described as part creative community, part arts venue.
The Melt! Festival, with 20,000 visitors in 2013, is one of Germany’s pioneer festivals when it comes to going green. In 2010 they started their commitment for sustainability with a focus on mobility, and established the Melt! Hotel Train with us: By reactivating old train tracks that were originally used to transport coal from the former pit where the festival now takes place, and by organising a festival train, we saved an average of 20 tonnes of CO₂ per annum.
In 2011 and 2012 we focused on energy and the Melt! Festival equipped 2901 m2 with solar panels, which now generate 170,000 kWh/a. Our aim was to power an entire Melt! stage with renewable energy, the “Sunplugged Stage”. We quickly realised that we would need to find a way to store the generated energy. When we thought about ways to store the energy, just by using batteries for example, we figured that we simply didn’t have the information on how much energy was needed for a three-day festival. So we scaled down and measured this year’s energy consumption of the “Seebühne”, a stage that was operated by Modeselektor. This is typical for the process of an energy pilot project and highlights the importance of our endeavour: to take a deep breath, sit down and simply measure – for the sake of making things scalable for other festivals too.
With the energy profile of the Seebühne we assessed in 2013, we now have the information to engage with the industry and stakeholders to bring the Sunplugged Stage into existence for the next Melt! in 2014. This will make our hearts Melt!
Melt! Festival has installed solar panels across 2901 m2 of its permanent site at Ferropolis, which now generate 170,000 kW/annum. The Melt! Festival itself uses about 73,000 kW every year, making its net energy balance positive.
Audience engagement at Melt! Includes pedal-powered phone charging as well as the Morgenwelt bike stage, powered by 2.4 kW of audience pedal power and with a sound system capable of reaching an audience of 1000 people.