Although attendance grew by 3,000 people a day to 84,000 in 2018, Flow Festival, near Helskinki, says it managed to reduce the volume of waste it produces by 21 per cent, while all waste was used either for energy production or reused.
The event, headlined by Cardi B, Blood Orange, Tove Lo and Neneh Cherry, prides itself on its environmental record, raising €11,901 ($13,511) towards the John Nurminen Foundation which protects the Baltic Sea.
The sum was raised through €5 ($5.67) contributions made by ticket buyers at the point of purchase.
“Sustainability is one of the most important values for us,” says Flow co-founder Suvi Kallio. “In 2018 Flow’s restaurants purchased 46 per cent vegetarian or vegan dishes during the event and in 2019 we will further increase the amount of plant-based, organic and local food.”
The 10-stage event is held next to a disused power station in the Suvilahti district of the Finnish capital and tickets cost €205 ($233).