Waveform is a festival with an admirable green mission, to achieve carbon neutral status. From energy reduction measures to tree-planting, They are aiming to make this event, taking place in Taunton from 2-4th Sept, the greenest dance festival in the UK and possibly the world.
Eco-Rangers will be going around the site gathering carbon information from the punters, production crew and main stage artists this year. This information will form part of the Waveform Carbon Footprint Scheme; enabling the organisers to work out how much carbon the event is creating. This will ensure year on year improvements can be made to carbon reduction measures, showing areas for celebration and those that need further work.
Festival goers can expect the best in cutting edge dance music with green roots. You can enjoy a full programme of talks, workshops, saunas, showers, healing, therapies and organic food to feed the mind, body and soul in the Green Village. Waveform 2011 is all about keeping the same lovely vibe and cutting edge electronic music, whilst upping the conscious element.
I am super excited about the Psy Trance arena hosted by the legendary Tribe of Frog (check out the line up!), the WorldShift workshop space including solar cinema and collective consciousness experiment (yes!) and the wealth of organic food available; all traders have to commit to at least 75% of their food being organic. Tickets are still available up to 28th August – find out more at waveformfestival.com
If you like a bit of mystery in your life, then you might like to think about going to Shambala festival. I can tell you the date (25th – 28th August) and some basic info about it (4 days, 200 acts, 9 stages, 99% powered by the wind, sun and vegetable oil for starters), but other than that it’s a secret. I exaggerate a little – they keep the exact programme and location of the festival a secret, but from a bit of sneaky internet research it appears to be around the Northamptonshire area (on a country estate no less!).
Music is a big focus; and with nine different stages you will have plenty to choose from. There really is all sorts: dub step, drum n’ base, dub, acoustic, reggae, latin, jazz, folk and blues. They like to focus on new talent, mixing new acts with previous performers. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find something to groove to.
There is, of course, much much more available. I’ve heard many shambalaphiles giving excited about the famous Shambala Fancy Dress Carnival Procession on Saturday night. Plus there’s a “Lost Cinema”, live poetry, a woodland sculpture trail as well as comedy, workshops and even swimming in the lake.
The aim of the festival is all about discovery. Discovering fresh and cutting edge music, discovering new friends, discovering hidden talents through trying new things, discovering your inner peace and tranquillity in the secluded meadow. As far as I can see, pretty much everything you want from a festival – you can get here.
If this sounds like your cup of tea – you better get in quick as the early bird tickets have already sold out. Full priced tickets are still available however – children can go for £29 (under 5s are free), teenagers for £79 and adults for £119. If you fancy arriving in green style, there are guided cycle rides to the festival from £10 (see the website shambalafestival.org for more info)
Yay – we are off to spend the weekend at the newest most exciting green festival this weekend – Sunrise Off Grid is going to be blowing people’s minds in Somerset from 20-23rd August. There is so much going on but these are a few highlights:
KIDS AREA complete with Forest School where festival pixies can learn to build dens, make fires and even create a totem pole!
LOADS OF DELICIOUS ORGANIC VEGGIE FOOD AND DRINK I’m looking forward to a vegan breakfast at the lovely Buddhafield cafe and chai at the Chai Chapel accompanied by a drumming circle. Mmmm – roll on the weekend!
FIREWALKING ceremony to be held on Sunday night complete with percussionists and firedancers.
ENERGY ALCHEMY A workshop from the lovely Natalie Fee about how to change everyday stresses into creativity and awareness. Come along and change your life!
GET CREATIVE with stone carving, stove building, herb walks and pottery workshops.
MIND EXPANSION WITH JONATHAN CAINER Discover how to build your own time machine and all your questions about astrology answered.
PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP with Patrick Whitefield, which is bound to go deep into the practical application of permaculture.
A CHANCE TO MEET WILD FOOD GURU Fergus Drennan who’s leading wild food walks around the site and showing how to make paper from mushrooms. yes, really!
AND US We’re going to be doing a workshop on sustainable parenting and why it’s so important.
Of course, there’s loads of other juicy stuff going on – check out the website here to find out why it’s the place to be this weekend.
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