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The Ecologist green festivals round up 2012: Part two

Paul Creeney

3rd August, 2012

In part two of the Ecologist's summer festival guide, we round up the fun to be had at Croissant Neuf Summer Party, Green Man Festival and Shambala Festival

Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August 2012

As Croissant Neuf Summer Party (CNSP) seems to gather up more awards every year - including being awarded the Greener Festival Award in both 2010 and 2011 - it’s no surprise that solar-powered tunes will once again be echoing across the Monmouthshire countryside this summer. With two stages of live music, solely organic food and drink and a main stage lighting system that uses less energy than your average hair-dryer (this is no exaggeration), CNSP dances all weekend without leaving so much as a carbon toe print.

With over 40 bands playing this year, CNSP places much more emphasis on music than it’s eco-fest sibling Green Gathering, which takes place one week before and barely 15 miles away. Headliners include Molotov Jukebox and Seth Lakeman, with rebellious folk music from Willy Mason bringing the show to a close on Sunday evening.

The line-up may be fantastic, but it’s CNSP’s sustainability that keeps the awards rolling in. CNSP plant three trees for every car that visits the site, adding up to 4,000 saplings planted in the event locality since 2007. The last two festivals have been completely carbon neutral, all electricity is provided through solar panels and wind turbines, and 95 per cent of all waste generated is recycled.

Croissant Neuf Summer Party is held near Usk, in Monmouthshire, Wales. Weekend tickets cost £95 for adults and £38 for children over 6. Children under 6 get in free. More information is available at: www.croissantneuf.co.uk

Green Man Festival
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August 2012

Nine years ago, 300 tickets were sold for a small festival in a ruined Welsh castle. Fast-forward to 2012, Green Man Festival is the Goliath of the ecofest circuit, regularly selling all 10,000 tickets available and hosting a diverse range of the world’s most respected musicians and comedians, areas dedicated to science, the arts and literature and workshops on pretty much anything worth learning.

Van Morrison, Mogwai and Feist headline the main stage this year, silhouetted by the Black Mountain’s of Glanusk Park, with Mr. Scruff making sure the Far Out After Dark tent’s 24-hour bar license is put to the best possible use. It seems there’s no stopping Willy Mason this summer, as he also features on the chilled out Walled Garden stage on the Saturday, and if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat then Chai Wallahs! - a huge Bedouin tent that can hold 2,400 clubbers – is also making an appearance.

Priding itself on its ethical credentials, Green Man has remained sponsor free despite it’s growing success. The Nature and Nurture area also houses the organic, vegetarian Buddhafields Café, with daily yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, woodworking, didgeridoo and many more workshops available throughout the weekend.

Green Man Festival is held in Glanusk Park, Wales. Adult weekend tickets are available for £145, with tickets for children aged 5 to 12 costing £5. Children under 5 get in free. More information is available at: www.greenman.net

Shambala Festival
Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th August 2012

If ever there was a festival that tried to do everything, Shambala is it. Not content with merely focusing on music, discussions or workshops, Shambala fuses all three with poetry, cabaret, art and sculpture thrown into the mix for good measure. Combining all this with hidden bars and stages, hosted in a secret location deep in the Northamptonshire countryside, the possibilities Shambala offers are barely describable.

Music wise, hip-hop pioneer Roots Manuva takes to the main stage with his live band, whilst legendary poet John Cooper Clarke unleashes verses soaked in his trademark satire, humour and political views. Songwriter-activist Billy Bragg will also perform armed with over thirty years of protest tunes, and Idler Academy founder Tom Hodgkinson discusses how we need to overhaul our approach to education.

As if this all wasn’t enough, Shambala was also awarded the ‘A Greener Festival’ award in 2011, with the festival being 98 per cent powered by wind, solar and waste vegetable oil. Compost toilets can also be found in abundance, a free bio fuelled shuttle bus is available to the site, and all traders and food are subjected to a strict ethical vetting policy.

Adult weekend tickets for Shambala Festival are available for £119, with tickets for teens ages 15 to 17 costing £79. Tickets for children aged 5 to 14 cost £29, whilst under 5s get in free. The festival location is revealed when tickets are purchased. More information is available at: www.shambalafestival.org

 

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