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WHEN FESTIVALS GO GREEN – TOP 5

Do you want to have fun and respect our mother earth at the same time? In this article, you’ll find the Top 5 list of the most eco-friendly festivals in Europe. Indeed, festivals consume a lot of energy and produce a lot of waste. Aware of today’s environmental problematic, some festivals have decided to go green and take big steps to respect the planet and change festivals-goers behaviors.

 

T O P  5  :  M O S T  E C O L O G I C A L  F E S T I V A L S  I N  E U R O P E 

1  –  W O O D  F E S T I V A L  –  O X F O R D S H I R E  ( U K )

19th – 21st of May 2017

Wood festival wants to create environment-friendly community of folk music lovers. Their aim is to run an event with 100% renewable energy and recycle (or reuse) any waste produced. Not only do they sell organic food, they have composting toilets as well as showers heated by wood fire. Also, their scene and sound system are powered by sun and pedals. It’s not about making a good impression, it’s about passion. Just so you know – in case it freaks you out – Wood is a family festival so you’ll be surrounded by little kids enjoying nature and music with you. Are you interested ? Check out their website here.

 

2  –  W E  L O V E  G R E E N  – B O I S  D E  V I N C E N N E S  ,  P A R I S  ( F R A N C E )

10th – 11th of June 2017

We Love Green is a French festival concerned with today’s environmental problematic. Through the intermediary of music, they aim to raise awareness about the ecological cause and therefore encourage everyone to change their behavior. The main scene is entirely powered by solar energy, composting toilets and free water fountains are available on site (cause plastic is going to kill us someday my friends), they recycle waste, organize workshops about the planet’s preservation, give away unsold products to charities and much more. The line-up is absolutely amazing, this year’s session is hosting DJs such as Nicolas Jaar, Solange, Maceo Plex or Recondite. Grab your ticket right now.

 

3 –  S H A M B A L A  –  N O R T H A M P T O N S H I R E  ( U K )

24th – 27th of August 2017

Shambala is a festival located right in the heart of the beautiful England. The steps taken in terms of ecological commitment are the following: they banned plastic bottles, installed solar panels, compost toilets as well as a food compost. They sell organic food and have a fair trade café. You will hear all different kinds of music at this family friendly event but mostly rock, pop and folk music. Visit their website and grab your tickets fast, it’s 100% sure it’ll be a total blast.

Join The Party This Summer from Shambala Festival on Vimeo.

 

4  –  G R E E N  M A N  F E S T I V A L  –  B R E C O N  B E A C O N S  ( W A L E S )

17th – 20th of August 2017

Since 2003, Green man festival is focusing on its positive impact. They offer a wide range of dance, folk, indie and rock live music across seventeen stages as well as other artistic and cultural performances. They deeply encourage their visitors to respect the environment by giving away several bin bags at the arrival (for recyclable and non recyclable waste) as well as cigarette putt pouches. You will find selective sorting bins on the festival site and many free water fountains. Ryan Adams and The Big Moon will be part of the celebration this year, grab your tickets now.

Watch this amateur video below to give you a good insight of the camping life in Green Man…

Green Man Festival 2016 from vj decoder on Vimeo.

 

5  –  L E S  V I E I L L E S  C H A R R U E S  –  C A R H A I X  ( F R A N C E )

13th – 16th of July 2017

Les Vieilles Charrues or ‘Gouel an Erer Kohz‘  is one of the largest festivals in France. Located in the Finistère – North West of the country – it is mostly known for the amazing line-up they’re announcing each year. In terms of ecological commitment, they recycle waste, installed compost toilets as well as water fountains and sell organic and fair-trade products. I’d advise you to go there and seize the occasion to visit the rest of this stunning region. What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets .

While we wait for the 2017 teaser, let’s have a look at the 2016 one…

TOP 5 Festivals with an incredible setting

Festivals are about the music you’d tell me. I totally agree, but who would not want to enjoy a stunning view when listening to their favorite band? I have selected for you the Top 5 of European festivals with an amazing setting. Again, it is a personal selection and I’d be more than happy if you have other suggestions to make. Who knows, you might make me change my mind!

 

T O P  5  F E S T I V A L S –  A M A Z I N G  S E T T I N G

1  –  M E A D O W S  I N  T H E  M O U N T A I N S  –  B U L G A R I A

9th – 11th of June 2017

Meadows in the Mountains will take you to another dimension. Its experimental music, art and location – in the secretive Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains – will make you feel like a hippie in a magical world just the time of a week-end. I would love to go there and will write an article about my experience if I manage to go. Wait for it ! In the meantime, watch and enjoy this video (available here) to give you a taste of the dream festival.

Meadows in the Mountains 2015 from Gallivant Film on Vimeo.

 

2  –  S E C R E T  S O L S T I C E  –  I C E L A N D

16th – 18th of June 2017

The line-up of Secret Solstice is often (well, pretty much always) amazing. Even the most grumpy people in the world would enjoy this festival simply because there are so many cool things to do there. You can party in a glacier, party in hot baths, enjoy breath-taking landscapes just a few kilometer away from the site and above all my friends, see the midnight sun. I won’t tell you more and let you watch this piece of art (available here).

 

3  –  T R AE N A  F E S T I V A L  –  N O R W A Y

6th – 9th of July 2017

If you go to Træna, you should expect to camp in the wilderness nearby the sea, dance all night in a huge cave done up as a stage (the Kirkhellenren) , eat fresh fish (Træna is a fishing village) and wake up with majestic sea eagles above your head. It is an exclusive and very unique experience that you will live on a small island, far from home and close to people (very close actually, cause it will be cold). Go check it out, it looks fantastic.

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(photo credits: Kenneth Solfjeld, 2012)

 

4  –  E D G E  O F  T H E  L A K E  –  S W I T Z E R L A N D

30th of June – 2nd of July 2017

Edge of the Lake or ‘Week end au bord de l’eau’  takes place by the lake of Geronde in Sierre (Swiss Alps). This week end is all about chill, music and friends in one of the most beautiful area of Switzerland. During daytime, enjoy the Lake Life and try the stand-up paddle, some canoe-kayak, Tuk Tuk Flamingo rides or play the Petanque. In terms of food, you will find a range of different stalls offering international food such as the good old Raclette, Indian food, Portuguese food, homemade waffles and much more.

 

5  –  E X I T  –  S E R B I A

5th – 9th of July 2017

Want to party in an 18th century fortress build along the Danube river ? Exit is an award-winning festival, with a dozens of scenes and dance floors where you’ll have the pleasure to hear some of the biggest DJs in the World. This festival is perfect for musically open-minded people; this year’s line-up announces Rag’n’Bone Man, Lost Frequencies, Jamie Jones, Robin Shulz and plenty more. What I like about this festival is its history. It began in 2000 as a student protest against government and is still quite committed today.

 

TOP 5 electro festivals

There are a lot of electro music festivals taking place in Europe this summer and choosing the right one can quickly become a hassle. Don’t worry, once again I dedicate myself to helping you. Don’t get lost into endless lists of events going on this summer, this is article gathers all the best of electro, techno, house, deep house music festivals. If you still hesitate, listen to the sound cloud playlist of the some of the DJs. Of course, it is a personal selection and I am sure some events I haven’t mentioned are worth going to. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. 

T O P  5  E L E C T R O  M U S I C  F E S T I V A L S 

1 – A W A K E N I N G S

24th – 25th of June 2017

Awakenings is a techno festival mostly based in Amsterdam, Netherlands but has recently organized events in Belgium, the UK and New York City. It takes place at several times of the year. They are hosting la crème de la crème of techno DJs since 2001. This June will be a two-day madness on EIGHT stages where you will find the pioneers of techno such as Adam Beyer or Nina Kraviz as well as very promising beginners.

Click here for more info

 

2 – T I M E W A R P

1st of April 2017

Timewarp is THE reference for techno and underground music listeners. Since 1994, the biggest and most famous DJs of the world are gathering in Mannheim, Germany. Be careful, the line up is exceptional every year and tickets are selling fast. While you are in Germany, why don’t you take a road trip with your friends to discover the coolest underground venues in Berlin or Leipzig?

Click here for more info

 

3 – D G T L  A M S T E R D A M

15th – 16th of April 2017

DGTL Amsterdam is not only a festival but also a concept, trying to raise festival’s standards as much as possible. This year, the festival will take place in April, a bit early for summer you’d tell me, but it felt necessary to tell you about this one. It combines good electronic music with great art projects, exhibitions and healthy food. DGTL is extremely concerned with the environmental and societal impact of their festival. They focus on developing new technologies for a more sustainable event, calling for local participation or promoting vegetarian food. Its unique and human commitment makes this festival an incredible and unforgettable life experience.

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4 – S O N A R  B A R C E L O N A

15th – 17th of July 2017

If you like techno or electro you must have heard about Sonar Barcelona. It takes place in June, in one of the coolest Spanish city in the world. Wether you’re into techno, electro, minimal, house, deep house, tech house, anything, you’ll find what you are looking for. Sonar is to me part of the Top 5 electro festivals in the world. What are you waiting for?

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5 – I N T O  T H E  V A L L E Y  /  I N T O  T H E  F A C T O R Y

29th of June – 1st of July 2017  /  10th – 12th of August 2017 

These festivals are part of a brand new concept coming from Sweden. If you like dancing and raving in isolated industrial locations, this festival is for you. This year, Into the Valley will take place in the heart of Rummu quary, Estonia. This place used to be a prison back in the 30s and has now transformed into a shooting and sport area. Into the factory is happening in august in the industrial site of Stora Vika, a few kilometres from Stockholm, Sweden. This festival is totally new but very promising, offering the opportunity to enjoy excellent electro music in exclusive and isolated venues all around Europe. If you are ready to go further, ‘Into the castle’ is happening in Africa soon.

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Did you like it ? Listen to the sound cloud playlists of the one who made me discover electro music in London 🙂