With many festivals and weekend long concerts hitting the whole of the United Kingdom over the summer months, it is a difficult struggle for those behind to scenes to keep things both comfortable and hygienic. With many of these events holding capacities of people mimicking a large town it is understandable that it is a hard feat to make sure there is enough light, heating and water for all of the people there having a good time.
The most recent festival that has managed to run entirely on renewable energy was the Sunrise Celebration, albeit a much smaller event than say, Download. However it was a reality that they were able to put bio-diesel, wind, solar and even pedal power to the best of their ability and they didn't use a drop of fossil fuels throughout the whole event.
This is not currently a possibility for the large scale festivals and concerts, but there is certainly a large push from campaigners such as “A greener festival" to have more of the large festival management bigwigs to address the carbon footprint left by these otherwise well organised events. The Pyramid Stage was once publicly bashed for claiming it was running solely on wind power and it became apparent that it was something much less environmentally friendly - a diesel generator!
One of the campaign heads has said that the big festivals have yet to get a real idea of their total power requirements. The equation needs to include everything from the burger vans to the sound rigs to the lighting of the stages. It has been said that two of the larger festival companies, Live nation and Festival Republic, are currently beginning research into the exact amount of power that is needed for one of the large scale festivals, so work can begin on replacing the fossil fuel burning with something more ecological and kind to the environment.
So in the coming years we will hopefully begin to see festivals supplying the party atmosphere while at the same time leaving the atmosphere as a whole that little bit safer.
With gas and electricity prices continuing to rise, it is good news that large scale events are taking electricity and utilities seriously.