10 (eco friendly) festivals for your bucket list!

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10 (eco friendly) festivals for your bucket list!

Who doesn’t love a good festival at any age and with so many awesome festivals on offer it can be impossible to choose the best. If you have a bit of a green heart – you might like to make your choice based on the minimal impact the festival leaves on our planet. Afterall the festival that started all festivals – Woodstock was one of the first eco-friendly festivals there was. And the exciting part is that perfect environmentally friendly setting is still practiced in festivals across the globe today.

The creators of these festivals will ensure you party the night and day away and reduce, reuse, recycle at the same time (t’s a win win!):

  1. Coachella – California, USA (April)

Coachella draws 250,00 people into the middle of the desert during the summer days in the USA. It’s the perfect place to party with the A list celebs while saving the planet. Charge your car, bike or even cell phone using one of the wind- power charges or chill under the cold towers or enter the TRASHed @ Coachella artistic design comp using trashcans.

Previous acts: Guns n Roses, Lorde, Calvin Harris, ACDC, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg

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Image: Coachella 2014 by Alan Paone

2. Les Vieilles, Charrues – Carhaix-Plouger, France (July)

With a killer line up this year (Pharrell Williams, Major Lazar, The Kills) and a killer combat to pollution including waste recycling, no mass flyers, compost toilers and reusable cups and organic /fair trade food. This is one festival that has the green celebration totally down pat!

Previous acts: Pharrell Williams, Major Lazar, The Kills, Disclosure, Lana Del Ray


Image via Thesupermat

3. Splendour in the grass – Byron, Australia (July )

Expect nothing less than a huge line up from this Aussie favourite and one of the first to move to a more green friendly approach. Patrons can offset carbon by paying extra in their ticket, they can even plant a tree on site at the festival with over 2000 trees planted last year. They have dry composted toilets, gas fired low-flow showers, rainwater roof collection points and green tent options.  With waste warriors and eco cops onsite to help minimize impact whilst the green team rove around to educate the masses.

Previous Acts: The Kills, Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, James Blake, Lana Del Ray 

4. Wanderlust Festivals – US/NZ/AUS (Various)

Described as “all out celebrations of mindful living” where music is their heartbeat and yoga practice is their drum. These are yoga-centric retreats with activities including hiking, biking, runs and lectures on holistic health/politics and delicious and nutritious food at the world’s most awe inspiring resorts. DJ powered sessions and main stage performances ensure this festival is an all round experience for even the faint hearted!

Previous acts: Jurassic 5, MC Yogi, Moby, Emancipator


Photo: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Wanderlust Festival 2014

5. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert Nevada, USA (August)

From what originally started as group of friends light up an improvised wooden figure in front of a crowd on a beach in 1986 is now a festival of 65000+ festival goers. The ultimate goal of burning man “is to encourage the culture of creativity” says Marian Goodell. It follows 10 key principles including sustainability measures of communal effort, civic responsibility and leaving no impact.

Previous acts: Jay Zimmerman, Shessla, Adam Ross, Music Savages DJ Kramer

BURNING_MAN_2010_(4962240955)Photo: Christopher Michel – Burning Man 2010

6. Lightening in a Bottle – California, USA (May)

The newest and upcoming love festival is Lightening in a bottle which seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health and creative expression. It uses renewable energy and also educates visitors about their impact and provides hands on demos of composting. It’s a new and improved Woodstock.

Previous acts: Flume, Chet faker, Grimes, Guy Gerber, Monkey Safari, Tycho

Lightning_in_a_Bottle_2011Photo: Adam WigginsWoogie stage at Lightning in a Bottle 2011

7. Lollapalooza, Chicago – USA (Aug)

If you want to feel great the place to be is Lollapalooza. While your rocking out to great music and loading up on great food at the farmer’s market enjoy beauty from the art market while your supporting the planet. You can Rock & Recycle by gathering recyclable items in exchange for a Lollapalooza T-shirt and you can offset your attendance by purchasing an energy tag from Green Mountain.

Previous acts: Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Red hot chilli peppers, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean

Lollapalooza_ChilePhoto credit: Sebalolo – Lollapalooza 2015

8. Le Paleo – Nyon, Switzerland (July)

An inner city festival that knows how to do green energy by sustaining 100% green energy to power the festival. Local and organic food and waste that is sorted and recycled.

Previous acts: Iron Maiden, Muse, Boyz Noize, The Chemical Brothers, Elton John, Placebo, The Prodigy


Image credit: Manuguf Paleo Festival 2008

9. Wood Festival – Okfordshire, UK (May)

Think solar powered stage, composted toilets (goobye portaloo’s!), the entire speaker system is even powered by pedals!  It boasts a fashion parade, yoga and jewellery making workshops and more – this is a hands on festival for everyone!

Previous acts: Tunng, Phantom, The Eskies, Songhoy blues

10. Glastonbury – UK (July)

Get your boots out ready for some mud at the annual and impressive Glastonbury festival. This one might already be on your bucket list but did you know it is working hard towards it’s no trace policy. It’s leaders have partnered up with WaterAid to buy reusable drinking bottles and refillable drinking water stations whilst educating on the importance of a good toilet, the Greenpeace mini gym is a live site where you can pedal for your metal and power the sound on the stage.

Previous acts: Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Kanye West, Foo fighters, Florence & The Machine, Deadmau5


Image credit: jaswooduk

So which ones will you add to your bucketlist?

Have the time of your life while celebrating and saving mother nature and all of her creations – the musicians, performers and the beautiful native surroundings at any of these festivals – book quickly for 2017 as these festivals are some of the hottest tickets in town and will sell out fast.

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