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.
Photo by Marius Bucur
ELECTRIC CASTLE a Romanian electronic dance music festival held at the Bánffy Castle in Bontida, Romania. Electric Castle 2015 accommodated 97,000 participants and 230 artists on 6 stages for 4 days. The festival creates a mix between the unique historical location, all day round urban activities, a large variety of electronic music and engaging environmental activities. Electric Castle has teamed up with MAINOI, a creative and sustainability agency, who are supporting the event’s environmental sustainability initiatives.
Electric Castle Festival is aiming to become a green events pioneer in Romania. The festival is committed to become environmentally sustainable, both by increasing awareness on climate change among youth and involving participants in concrete actions to reduce the carbon footprint before, during and after the festival, and by gradually integrating sustainability goals and actions at operational levels to become more energy efficient.
With operational energy efficiency measures limited by supplier and technology availability in Romania and at times a lack of awareness and skills among contractors, the festival has put a lot of energy into engaging its audiences to create a net positive impact on the planet.
The awareness campaign for the ”ECO @ Electric Castle 2015” program unfolded from May to October 2015.
The campaign had three central pillars:
"There's no reason why we can't have festivals like these, powered by wind and sun, and any other renewable energy available to us. We can still be humans, we can still be contradictory and terrible and rebellious and all those things. We can still be in the moment of our humanity, but that doesn't have to be associated with fossil fuels. It has to be associated with some new idea." – Felix Riebl, The Cat Empire
The festival also built an installation with two bicycles, on which festival participants competed to produce energy.
Thanks to MAINOI and Electric Castle Festival for the information contained in this case study.