Quiz: How much do you know about sustainable festivals?

With festival season now in full swing, many of us will be either heading off for a long weekend of music or watching big-name artists longingly on catch-up TV. But how much do you know about the environmental impacts of festivals?

Pictured: Glastonbury in 2017, before its plastics 'ban'

Pictured: Glastonbury in 2017, before its plastics 'ban'

It wouldn't be summer in the UK without festivals. Over the course of the season, more than 30.9 million people are due to flock to large-scale music events across Britain, for a string of events that are estimated to contribute more than £4bn to the national economy. 

But for all the cultural, social and economic benefits offered by big-name festivals, the environmental impact of such events is not to be underestimated - and, in the wake of Blue Planet 2, School Strikes 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion's 'Summer Uprising', is becoming a key issue for the public. 

Festival ticket retailer Ticketmaster recently revealed the results of its survey of 4,000 UK festival-goers across a wide range of topics including sustainability, music and “getting lucky”. The study found that waste reduction and recycling is the number one priority for 62% of festival visitors in summer 2019 - who ranked it as even more important than the setlist and the accommodation. 

But are you just as clued-up about the environmental impact of festivals as these green-minded folks? Take our ten-question quiz to find out whether you're a green festival headliner, or whether you need to practice your bars a little more before taking to the stage. 

 

 

Sarah George 



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