The 95,000-capacity Sziget Festival has launched the Green Sziget sustainability programme, designed to minimise the event’s environmental impact.
Now in its 27th year, the seven-day event takes place on Obuda Island (sziget is Hungarian for island) in the Budapest stretch of the river Danube during August.
The initiative has seen a sustainability and technical manager hired for the first time, who is responsible for coordinating all eco-friendly measures at the event.
The festival’s sustainability programme covers five areas; waste production and management, energy and emissions, transportation, water and land use. Among its aims is to achieve a 50 per cent recycling rate on waste, encourage the use of public transport and reduce the amount of water used on site.
Among headliners Sziget are Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, The National, Franz Ferdinand, Richard Ashcroft, Florence + The Machine, Johnny Marr, Twenty One Pilots and the Foo Fighters.
Seven-day tickets cost 104,900 forints ($358), three-day tickets are 65,900 fotints ($225), while single day tickets cost 23,500 forints ($80).