love saves the day

ANTAL / BEN KLOCK / BEN UFO / BONOBO / BRADLEY ZERO
CALL SUPER / DENNIS FERRER / EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
FATBOY SLIM / FLOATING POINTS / GEORGIA
GERD JANSON / GORGON CITY / GOTSOME / HOT CHIP / HOT SINCE 82
JAMIE JONES / JOY ORBISON / K15 / MALL GRAB / MONKI
PALMS TRAX / PARANOID LONDON / PEGGY GOU / RONI SIZE
TALE OF US / YOUNG MARCO

With 2020 kickstarting a decade of green actions, festivals, venues and events across the world have begun to wake up more than ever to the imposing threat of climate change. Popular initiatives include banning single use plastics on bars, operating reusable cup schemes, improving fuel efficiency and waste management all aim to make improvements in the industry.

Artists are also starting to take a stand and support organisations by making a conscious effort to reduce their environmental impact whilst touring, focusing on waste and energy consumption. A recent example being Bristol natives Massive Attack leading the way by travelling by train for their European tour.

An organisation tackling artist waste levels head on is ‘Bye Bye Plastic’ – initiated by Vivie-Anne Bakos (AKA BLOND:ISH). Bye Bye Plastic distributes eco-rider templates to participating artists, helping them to request single use plastic-free hospitality riders at the time of booking. The organisation also offers venues / promoters solutions and guidance on how to source local plastic-free alternatives for their events.

Another campaign that’s engaging and educating the music industry in ways to reduce waste and energy consumption is ‘Music Declares Emergency’  a sister campaign to ‘Culture Declares Emergency’. This group’s focus is more as a platform for industry organisations and artists to unite and declare climate emergency as well as providing a space for them to share ideas and work towards a sustainable and more circular music industry.

Here at LSTD, in 2019 we made multiple efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, switching to 100% HVO biodiesel, balanced carbon emissions from our shuttle buses and encouraged our artists, suppliers and traders to follow similar sustainable initiatives. This year, we will also focus on the move towards greener riders. One example being further centralising food options into our artist catering tent, meaning we use more fresh food prepared on site rather than pre-packaged options, often provided in disposable, single use plastic containers.

Having signed up to both Bye Bye Plastic and Music Declares Emergency as well as building further on last years initiatives we look forward to sharing the details of this with you over the coming months – stay tuned to find out more.

To our 25 previous acts and all the other incredible artists that are actively taking part in green initiatives… we salute you!