Sustainable Music Festivals Guide

22nd April 2016

Sustainable Music Festivals Guide Published

The guide summarises key research findings and next steps to research including:

  • Best practices and challenges of six Scottish music festivals;
  • Results from an audience survey conducted at a Scottish music festival in 2015;
  • Tips, resources and a call to action for Scottish music festivals to get involved in the Fields of Green project;
  • Environmental impacts of UK music festivals as outlined in the recent report The Show Must Go On.

Total UK festival industry emissions (excluding travel) amount to 19,778 Tonnes C02e per year. So what can you do? Survey research showed that the top 5 things that festival goers suggest to help them to be more environmentally responsible are:

  • More and better signed recycling;
  • Shuttle bus service / raise awareness of the travel options;
  • Publicise the environmental initiatives that are already taking place;
  • Build environmental education into the programme;
  • Have a car pooling site.

For more top tips, read the full Sustainable Music Festivals Guide here.

This guide was the result of Fields of Green, a one year research project (April 2015 – April 2016) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the environmental sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals and their capacity to enable ‘greener’ audience behaviours within the temporary communities formed during such events. To find out more about the project, click here.


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