Europe’s biggest music festivals go green


The arrival of winter means the arrival of music festivals. It’s important to consider how harmful major music festivals are to the environment – from the waste left by attendees to the carbon impact of the shows.

Here is some good news. Some of your favorite music festivals have announced their transition to sustainable practices. A list of European events that have joined the Green Deal Circular Festivals (GDCF) sustainability pact. Launched in 2019 by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the GDCF brings together participating festivals to share knowledge and experiences on sustainability practices with the aim of becoming circular and climate neutral by 2025. The collaboration between festivals and cities to increase their effect in the circular and climate-neutral transition is another novelty of ADE Green.

A report by the global organization Greener Festival looked at information from events held in 17 countries and found that a typical festival emitted 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of three one-story houses in carbon dioxide. According to the report, each festival-goer produces 5 kilograms of CO2 per day.

Thus, the last members of the GDCF are a victory for the planet. With this, the number of festivals more than doubled to 43 festivals from 14 different nations.

Current members of GDCF are Amsterdam Open Air (NL), Best Kept Secret Festival (NL), Boardmasters (UK), Body & Soul (IE), Boomtown (UK), DGTL Amsterdam (NL), Down The Rabbit Hole (NL ), Eurosonic Noorderslag (NL), Into The Great Wide Open (NL), Lowlands (NL), Mañana Mañana (NL), Milkshake Festival (NL), North Sea Jazz (NL), Pukkelpop (NL), Roskilde Festival (DK) ), Shambala (UK), Superbloom (DE), Vierdaagsefeesten (NL), We Love Green (FR) and Zwarte Cross (NL).

New members are: Mysteryland (NL), NorthSide (DK), Amsterdam Dance Event (NL), EXIT Festival (RS), Awakenings Festival (NL), Awakenings Summer Festival (NL) and Paradise City Festival (BE), join Sziget (HU), Pohoda (SK) and Øya (DK), Boom Festival (PT), Castle Fest (NL), Department Festival (SE, DK), Georgie’s (NL), Komm schon Alter (NL), Lago Lago (NL ), The Guess Who? (NL), Meadows in the Mountains (BG), Orange Blossom (DE), Welcome to the Village (NL), Wild Paths Festival (UK) and Wonderfeel (NL).


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