Live Nation Festivals To Go Plastic-Free

Festivals such as Latitude, Wireless and Reading & Leeds will ban single-use plastics within the next two years

Events promoter Live Nation has pledged to ban single-use plastics from all of its festivals by 2021.

The move will affect a number of UK festivals under the company’s control, including Latitude, Wireless, Download and Reading & Leeds. The company has also committed to spreading the ban to all of the venues that it operates with an aim to make them zero-waste spaces by 2030.

"Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and responsibility to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet," said Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment CEO. "The adverse effects of climate change are undeniable, and we want to use our place on the world stage to be part of the solution. Together our concerts, venues, festivals, and offices around the world are setting new sustainability standards for live events."

The pledge will extend to all of the company’s office spaces, and will also see them look to half their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The move comes after Glastonbury put a similar ban on single-use plastics in place for last month’s festival.

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