Promises, promises - festival stars make climate pledges

Artists performing at Europe's biggest free festival have pledged to help tackle climate change including by drinking low carbon local beer.

The Hoosiers

The Hoosiers

Sheffield's Tramlines Festival drew crowds of 125,000 revellers, all encouraged to consider their environmental credentials.

Artists, including Tinchy Stryder, the Hoosiers and Echo and the Bunnymen, made a series of small, carefully considered climate pledges.

Some performers said they would become vegetarian or cut down on red meat with others showing an awareness of wasted electricity from sound systems and recording equipment.

A number highlighted the excesses of the fashion industry and said they would make an effort to wear vintage clothes.

Organisers were careful to cut the environmental impact of the weekend event, with the help of city campaign Sheffield Is My Planet.

As well as recycling 2.2 tonnes of plastic waste, a solar powered silent disco on Sheffield's Devonshire Green proved popular with visitors.

Those pledges in full:

Sheffield legend Richard Hawley - "I promise to go veggie at festivals and gigs to cut down on red meat and I'll also wear vintage clothes."

Chart topper Tinchy Stryder - "I promise to switch off the air con in hotel rooms when I'm on tour."

Pop star Dane Bowers - "I promise to switch off all unused equipment when I'm in the recording studio and switch off the air con in hotel rooms when I'm on tour."

Festival headliners Echo & the Bunnymen - "We promise to wear vintage clothes and switch off any equipment left on standby in our studio."

Sheffield electronic dance duo Hiem - "Local beer is cheap and low carbon so we promise to drink it!"

The Hoosiers - "We promise to switch off all unused amps and lights in the recording studio."

Singer Eliza Doolittle - "Over-consumption of clothes is a big contributor to climate change so I promise to wear vintage clothes."

Boy band The Wanted - "We're all going veggie at Tramlines to cut out CO2 caused by cattle farming for red meat."

David Gibbs



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