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Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing




Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing



Festival Vision:2025 @ The Showman's Show!



AIF Campaign for Plastic-Free Festivals by 2021



Download's 'Greenest Year Yet' in 2018



New Sustainable Power Suppliers 



Can You Help Support Refugees in Calais?



Privacy Policy: GDPR Update 

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Biofuels: Latest Advice on Responsible Sourcing


Responding to the complexity and confusion around which biofuels are good environmental choices, Julie's Bicycle and Powerful Thinking Steering Group members have created a comprehensive new guidance sheet to answer all your questions. 

Download Biofuels Guidance PDF


Festival Vision:2025 @ The Showman's Show!


After the success of the Festival Vision:2025 event in 2017, we have teamed up with the Showman's Show event organisers, Lance Publications, to offer another afternoon of talks, networking, presentations on key topics and innovations.

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday 17th October, 1-5pm. Programme info coming soon.

The event is for festivals organisers who have signed the Festival Vision:2025 pledge to act on climate change by aiming to cut their event CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025. If you'd like to find out about becoming a member and sign up visit:


AIF Campaign for Plastic-Free Festivals by 2021


60 festivals joined the Association of Independent Festival's (AIF) 'Drastic on Plastic' campaign on Earth Day last month, with a pledge to eliminate single-use plastic by 2021. The AIF is working with other organisations to welcome events from across the industry. Join the campaign.

Here are some key resources to help festivals and events cut single-use plastics, understand the implications of alternative materials and find suppliers:


Download's 'Greenest Year Yet' in 2018


Last month Download Festival, a Vision:2025 festival, which last year received a 4-star Creative Green Certification from Julie’s Bicycle, announced the major improvements being made to this year’s festival to make it the greenest Download yet. 

To ensure 2018 is the most environmentally friendly year ever they’ve introduced carbon balancing by adding £1 to the cost of all car parking passes, which will be donated to the charity Energy Revolution, who balance festival travel by investing in renewable energy projects – alongside current travel initiatives with Big Green Coach, Liftshare and shuttle buses to encourage the reduction of traffic onsite.

They’ve also introduced their first ever Eco Campsite with Greenpeace UK, increased the number of campsite recycling points and are continuing to ban single-use plastics (including cutlery, containers and straws) from traders stalls, as they have since 2016.

Read the full list of sustainability achievements and goals on Download's website.


New Sustainable Power Suppliers 


Welcome to the latest suppliers on Powerful Thinking's Sustainable Power Supplier List: Tangent Energy and ide Systems now have profiles showing event organisers what services they offer, the equipment they provide (including renewable power technology) and how they will work with clients to meet their fuel efficiency targets.

The list has been created in response to the growing demand for power suppliers who can work with event clients to help them meet their goals around energy efficiency and fuel reduction. 

See the full list of Powerful Thinking Sustainable Power Supplier profiles HERE. 


Can You Help Support Refugees in Calais?


The Help Refugees charity supports refugees across Europe, including thousands of people in Calais. Having a working mobile phone is invaluable to homeless refugees, and there is currently a need for a mobile charging solution able to charge around 50 phones at a time.

Can you help by donating equipment? Ideally an easily mobile battery system with 400w inverter and 5kW hours capacity.

Please get in touch if you can help:


Privacy Policy: GDPR Update 


As most of you will know there is an update to data protection laws which will be enforced from 25th May 2018, also known as GDPR. This will mean organisations have more of a responsibility to ensure your information is kept safe and you have clear access and knowledge about the information held about you. This way you're easily able to change any information held and can request your information is deleted immediately. You can read our updated privacy policy on our website.

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Published on: 23rd June 2020

Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

The sustainability of our environment has not gone away during the COVID crisis. Livvy Drake (Sustainable Sidekicks) guest blog on Vision: 2025 discusses whether "We can say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?"...
Published on: 21st June 2020

Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

With the devastating effect of COVID-19 destroying the 2020 festival season it does give organisers an opportunity to reflect on how they will recover in 2021. More on that in another place. However, it also gives us all the...
Published on: 18th June 2020

Why Cancelled Festivals Will Take Their Toll On Local Businesses

Steve Heap, General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), says the impact of cancelled festivals will be strongly felt by local businesses in a recent article published in the Access All Areas publication...
Published on: 9th June 2020

Insurance Guidance For Business Interuption Policies

Draft Guidance for Insurance Companies - As part of its investigation into Coronavirus related business interruption insurance, the FCA have published draft guidance on their expectations for insurers and insurance intermedia...
Published on: 8th June 2020

Big Difference Company seeks new CEO for the Leicester Comedy Festival

BIG DIFFERENCE COMPANY seeks new CEO, for the Leicester Comedy Festival and more. This could be a new role and direction for a festival organiser (and this is not a joke )...
Published on: 5th June 2020

Market Traders Survey From NMTF

In a recent survey conducted by NMTF with regard to the effect of COVID-19 and its impact on the market traders, it was revealed that approximately 9000 market traders carry out business at festivals and events in the UK. Th...
Published on: 5th June 2020

Melvin Benn, Festival Republic shows the way to get the festival industry moving again.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, has called for the increase of COVID-19 testing in the UK because entertainment and sport cannot operate fully with social distancing measures in place....
Published on: 4th June 2020

82% of Festival goers ready to return to live events

Over three quarters of 110,000 music fans surveyed by Festicket would buy tickets to 2021 festivals in the next two months, as demand for live events remains high...
Published on: 27th May 2020

18th May 2020 - General Secretary Writes

Tell me, why did I get up at 5:30am to drive to the station for an early train that would get me to a meeting in London for 11am? I usually did 3 meetings and caught a train back to be home in time for the 10 o’clock news ...
Published on: 18th May 2020

The Traditional Music Forum launches Scotland Online

A new website with listings of livestream events...
Published on: 14th May 2020

DCMS are looking for your views.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has created a survey to understand the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations...
Published on: 28th April 2020

UK’s mass participation event organisers unite to launch the 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge begins on Sunday 26 April...
Published on: 21st April 2020

Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

Currently the UK is short of around 90,000 people to pick the crops that are growing ripe across the country....
Published on: 16th April 2020

Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, forms his first Shadow Cabinet...

... and promotes APPG on Music and DCMS Select Member Jo Stevens MP to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport....
Published on: 16th April 2020

COVID-19 leaves UK event industry suppliers on knife edge

Some 60% of the UK’s event industry’s supplier base is facing collapse within three months, unless event businesses receive further support from the Government, according to an on-line survey carried out by the Events Ind...
Published on: 16th April 2020

Family Arts Campaign celebrate last year’s excellent events for families. Time to apply!

Do you put on fantastic festival events for families last year? Are you inclusive and welcoming to all ages? Or perhaps you've been delivering new projects for your older visitors?...
Published on: 6th April 2020

Folks At Home

Enjoy your very own festival of music in the safety of your own home...
Published on: 30th March 2020

From Glastonbury to Ibiza

The 50th festival would have been a blistering good event with lots of very special plans in place. But it wasn’t to be thanx to this …….. virus....
Published on: 20th March 2020

Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

Running Festivals in a Climate Crisis...
Published on: 9th March 2020

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