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.
Fruit Pie Music has produced an open air live music event and broadcast to be entirely self-powered (i.e. not using the national grid whatsoever for the entire duration of the event) for Grammy award winning Imogen Heap, which was broadcast live online on ‘Earth Day’ 22nd April 2012. Imogen Heap performed every musical aspect using only her hands and innovative ‘musical gloves’ that have been developed to interact with a virtual orchestra to conduct symphonic performance.
Just under 90% of the energy required across the 10 days on location was provided by solar and pedal power, with the remaining power drawn from a biodiesel generator running on fuel derived from recycled vegetable oil. 23 cyclists were part of the on stage performance, powering part of the stage lighting directly. Firefly Solar provided the solar panels and bike pedal generators to power the event, as well as the LED lighting fixtures for the show. The biodiesel generator was used as a back up to boost the solar generator batteries as the need arose – which turned out to be only 10 hours over the entire course of the week.
23 cyclists powering the LED light show
The gig took place inside a Geodesic dome rigged and put up by hand, requiring zero electricity for its construction and deconstruction. Noise pollution was kept to zero through technology developed in partnership between SilentGig and Sennheiser – with spectators wearing headphones, no extra power was required for audio reinforcement. Most of the batteries used were rechargeable, and all batteries were subsequently recycled.
“Through this production we are hoping the industry will take notice of what can be achieved when an artiste driven brief makes a team work together to reduce the power consumption and overall pollution of an event.” - Kumar Kamalagharan, Event Producer from Fruit Pie Music
The production has won two awards: ‘Best Sustainable Initiative’ at the Event Awards 2013, and ‘Green or environmental project of the year’ at the AV Awards 2013.
Mobile solar panel array as assisting power source
A total of 230.5 kWh of power was used for the entire project - 203 kWh of this energy was created by the sun and pedalling bikes (88%)
The remaining 27.5 kwh’s were supplied by an overnight charge on the biodiesel generator which used 100 litres (12.5 gallons) of fuel derived from recycled vegetable oil
The solar batteries were brought to site with 140 kWh of pre-charged solar energy and a further 60 kWh was generated from the solar arrays on site
3 kWh of power was generated from the bikes over the course of the show and rehearsals
A total of 235.5kWh across the entire project
140 kWh solar generated energy – this was surpassed by over 60 kWh despite less than favourable weather conditions!
3.5 kWh pedal power generated energy
The plan therefore expected around 92 kWh would need to be met by the biodiesel generator – in fact only just over a quarter of this was required thanks to the better-than-expected performance of the solar arrays.
199.5 kWh (86.6%) of the energy required across the 10 days on location was provided by solar power. 140 kWh of this was drawn from pre-solar-energy charged batteries brought to site, while an additional 60 kWh was generated through solar arrays on site despite less than favourable weather conditions.
23 cyclists were part of the on stage performance, powering part of the stage lighting directly, generating 3.5 kWh of pedal power directly.
Biodiesel generators were used to supplement the solar and pedal energy where necessary, using 100 litres (12.5 gallons) of fuel derived from waste vegetable oil and generating 27.5 kwhs (12% of the total energy required across the 10 days on location.