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'. Image: Glastonbury

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

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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