If you love music sign this pledge to help make city festivals sustainable
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Outdoor music festivals and gigs add richness and fun to city areas. But increasingly they are being run in an unsustainable way by companies and councils happy to exploit green space and local communities... and take money from gig-goers without providing a high-quality experience.
The growing number of large-scale festivals is putting wildlife at risk, taking money out of communities by damaging local businesses, and providing poor value for music lovers by selling too many tickets for gigs held in increasingly small spaces.
We don't want to stop city-festivals, but we do want to make them sustainable. To do that we need the people who buy the tickets to be willing to speak up for and support the local communities that host the events. The companies behind these events have huge PR machines and it's hard for local people to get their voices heard above the hype. You can help by making it clear to the organisers that you, their customers, expect them to be responsible and reinvest in the community.
Sgn the pledge to help make it happen...
1/ I will check a green space is large enough to sustain an event before buying tickets - 80 hectares is a good rule of thumb
2/ I will only buy tickets to festivals where the event organisers can show they invest in the local community - check local blogs and discussion forums
3/ I will buy at least one item from a local independent retailer when I visit a city festival - catering inside the events is provided by huge national chains
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