Goodbye Glasto?

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ONCE again Greenpeace have been sponsoring Glastonbury Festival but how environmentally friendly is this festival? Not very.

Transplanting 100,000 middle-class (generally urban) kids to the countryside, many of whom have little knowledge or interest in the ecology of the countryside maybe isn’t such a great idea.

The most overt illustration of this are the enormous quantities of litter left behind (despite the presence of bins). “Festival of Mud and Litter” you might say. In reality, litter isn’t cool but many clearly think it is.

Breeding farmland birds are disturbed by the sound of loud bands. Why not hold Glastonbury in August, when the breeding season is over?

You could almost call Glasto an environmental disaster. Is it any wonder they have to suspend the festival every now and then to allow the fields and environment to recover?

Glastonbury has probably had its day. I attended one of the very early Glastonbury Fayres (as it was named then) when it was of a more manageable size. The liquid refreshment at the time I remember consisted of nutritious milk provided by Michael Eavis’s Fresian cows!

There are dozens of festivals around the country of every musical genre. Greenbelt, Latitude, Cropredy, the Green Man, Cambridge, Womad, Gower, Sonisphere – the list goes on. Many feature innovative and exciting music, not just the established stuff. Also, at many of these there is a more thoughtful attitude to the natural environment. I’d recommend them as a future change from Glasto.

John Roberts, Wakefield

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