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The 1975 announce super eco-friendly Finsbury Park show

By | Published on Tuesday 28 January 2020

The 1975

The 1975 yesterday announced a big show in London’s Finsbury Park that will take place in July with support from Charli XCX, Pale Waves, Cavetown and others. But more interesting than the line-up is the pledge that this will be “the most sustainably responsible live show ever hosted in Finsbury Park”.

Having last year released a track featuring spoken word vocals from climate change activist Greta Thunberg, the band are seemingly keen to practice what they preach.

Organisers of the show, Live Nation’s Festival Republic, say that “sustainably sourced and traceable hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel” will power the entire event as part of a bid to “reduce the onsite carbon footprint by 90%”. On top of that, “the event will also deploy hybrid powered generators with solar arrays and reduce generator sizes from the results of extensive monitoring carried out at the 2019 Festival Republic Finsbury Park events”.

Elsewhere, a traffic light system will be used to communicate to punters the carbon footprint of the food they buy on site. There will also be a lot of tree planting linked to the mini-festival, with 1975 trees due to be planted in the boroughs around Finsbury Park, while an additional tree will be planted for every ticket sold in places like Indonesia, Peru, Brazil, the Philippines and India. That’s quite a lot of trees.

Finally, the band’s previously announced scheme repurposing old unsold merchandise rather than manufacturing new stock will also be employed. Fans can also bring in old band t-shirts and get them reprinted with the latest The 1975 gubbins.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday.