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.
Wiesen is a town in Burgenland, Austria. During the festival season, which usually runs from May to September, the town’s 8,000-capacity site hosts various festivals. The town had its first event, the ‘Wiesener Jazztage’, in 1976.
The festival site infrastructure includes a 4,000 capacity tent venue, a campsite with shower and toilet facilities, and numerous shops, food, and drinks stalls.
The owners of the festival site have been actively addressing environmental sustainability across all impacts, including reducing water consumption through a 54,000 L rainwater harvesting system, re-usable cups with an on-site dishwasher, locally sourced food (organic where possible), environmentally friendly cleaning products, extensive on-site waste separation for recycling, and more. There is also a focus on reducing energy use and using renewable energy – see the highlights for more information.
The energy consumption of the festival site is monitored through two energy meters provided by the local energy provider Energie Burgenland. Wiesen have additionally installed 14 additional meters to better understand the energy consumption of different equipment and areas.
The Wiesen Jazz Pub is an associated, 300-capacity venue that has been running live music since 1974. Run by the same team, the pub is also starting to address its environmental sustainability measures through initiatives such as EE MUSIC.
The site has a 12 kW solar-thermal energy installation that is used to provide heated water to the kitchen, washing machines, dishwasher, sinks, and backstage showers and sinks.
The site also has a 10 kW solar PV array that was installed in 2013, which produces roughly 700 kWh per month. Any excess energy is fed back into the grid. As of May 2015, it has saved over 10 tonnes of CO2.
The warm water storage tank (1,000 L) and water pipes are insulated. The cooling room has a heat recovery system. A LEGIC building management system is used to automatically regulate cooling and heating systems, electricity sockets, and other energy-consuming equipment in the buildings.
Over 90% of the lighting on the site are LEDs or energy-saving bulbs, including LED stage lighting. The lighting is controlled through a central KNX system, which automatically turns lighting on or off according to a pre-defined schedule and depending on lighting conditions. The Wiesen Jazz Pub also has LED stage lighting.