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: The Sage at Night, credit Mark Savage
Sage Gateshead is a multi-purpose arts and conference venue, opened in 2004, with a capacity of 5,200 audience members across 5 spaces. In the 2013/2014 financial year, Sage Gateshead saw a total attendance of over 250,000 people. With office spaces, bars, a café, and a restaurant in addition to performance spaces, Sage Gateshead began working with Julie’s Bicycle in 2008-2009 to monitor and reduce their emissions.
In 2013-2014, Sage Gateshead achieved a 2 star Julie’s Bicycle Creative Industry Green (IG) Certification, out of a possible 3 stars. The venue demonstrated overall improvement in their energy performance by reducing use by 6.1% between 2012/2013 to 2013/2014 .
Sage Gateshead has identified goals for further reducing their carbon emissions. Energy-related objectives for 2015 include:
Sage Gateshead replaced lighting with LEDs and instituted a turn-it-off policy for their employees to switch off electronics when not in use. Tungsten lamps have been replaced with LED lighting where possible, and LED strip lights installed in Sage 1 and 2.
The venue has an Environmental Policy and a Green Team with representatives from across the organization who meet regularly to assess and strategize sustainable practices and improvements that can be made.
Gas and electricity supply are both fully carbon offset using an energy brokering service (Green Energy Consultants).
Sage Gateshead is working on better understanding the energy usage associated with specific larger events it hosts. As a starting point, the venue has specifically monitored the energy used during the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and SummerTyne Americana Festival in 2015 as a benchmark to measure the progress of targeted initiatives to improve the environmental performance of similar events going forward.
Sage Gateshead encourages employees and audience members to travel by foot, bicycle, or public transportation to work and events. They also offer free Metro travel for all ticket holders on show days.