"a southerner talks music"

for this next post, i decided to do a little research/reading up on sustainable music festivals. seeing as music is one of my favorite aspects of culture and society, i was curious about the lengths various music festivals are able to go in order to provide an equally eco-friendly and mind-blowing musical experience.

glastonbury 2010

the most helpful and informative document i was able to find was this guide to sustainable music festivals as an organizer, artist, attendee, or participant in any manner.

electric forest at rothbury, mi
the primary goals of a sustainable music festival (according to this particular guidebook) include saving money in the long run, progressing the movement to a sustainable society, and giving the event a competitive edge over others without sustainable practices. a lot of the guidebook is very practical and deals with the planning aspect of putting on an event at such a large scale. the importance of cultural and social expression through music and creativity is also stressed along with a strong sense of community in order to progress sustainable practices and give attendees and locals alike a unique and positive experience to identify with.

the guidebook goes on to detail efficient use of energy, volunteer workers, garbage-free production, and encouraging a wholly sustainable society. one of the reasons this document is helpful is it evaluates each process of the festival and rates the challenges and expenses required to complete a certain stage. i'm not entirely sure how applicable this is to everyone's daily life, but i thought it dealt with quite a  necessary and present issue in the United States as well as across the world. 

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