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How music festivals are responding to the climate crisis by Resident Advisor

To launch a new series on Resident Advisor dedicated to electronic music and the climate crisis, we explore the different ways that festivals are tackling their environmental footprints.


Music festivals have a role to play in our response to the climate crisis. On a simple level, music festivals have significant carbon footprints, and efforts to mitigate them are necessary.

More intriguingly, though, festivals are an apt testing ground for new ideas in sustainability. Whether it’s Houghton’s reusable cup scheme, the “circular waste economies” at We Love Green and DGTL, or the many other initiatives at events like Gottwood, Terraforma and Meadows In The Mountains, more and more festivals are trialling bold new methods of sustainability, in some cases winning awards for them. It’s an encouraging sign of how dance music can play a positive role in the world’s response to the climate crisis.

In this 10 minute film, we look at a small selection of electronic music festivals rising to this challenge, and examine the ways they’re pushing sustainability practices forward. This feature is the start of an ongoing series dedicated to electronic music and the climate crisis.

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