Carbon free future for live events | Big Tex is back | Lights shine bright in Vegas
Carbon free future for live events
Climate change is more real now than ever, and the music industry is helping lead the way in addressing the ongoing issue. The UK live entertainment sector alone is responsible for 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. With that in mind, a campaign was recently launched by some head honchos in the music and live performance industry to promote efforts of reaching net zero emissions by 2030.
Led by LIVE Green, the campaign aims to reduce the environmental impact of touring, end single use plastics and boost sustainability, among other goals. LIVE (Live Music Industry, Venue and Entertainment) was formed early 2021 and is made up of 13 UK industry associations.
The ‘Beyond Zero Declaration’ is the commitment members have agreed to work towards and it includes
- Work with LIVE Green to set reduction targets and reduce operational and business travel Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, reporting on progress annually;
- Develop a net zero roadmap and action plan - taking responsibility for actions in energy, waste, procurement, transport, food and governance;
- Understand and define emissions within value chains, follow best practice to affect change in areas outside of direct control and collaborate with suppliers and clients to reduce them; and
- Ensure staff undertake climate education and have an ongoing commitment to knowledge sharing within the live music sector and beyond.
A low carbon future is the ultimate goal for the industry. Partner at Paradigm Talent Agency Tom Schroeder claims that “...there has been significant progress across the live music sector, now is the time to accelerate our efforts.”
Well said Tom. Here’s to a greener touring future.
Big Tex is back
As they say, everything is bigger in Texas. The 55-foot Big Tex mascot is waiting to greet fans and welcome them back to the 135th State Fair. The famous State Fair of Texas is opening today so get ready for the return of the biggest fall event in Dallas. The fair has been a very popular family tradition every year for Texans, and organizers are diligently preparing to reopen their doors for nearly 2 millions guests after a year hiatus. Of course it will look a little different than normal, and even though a couple million are expected to show, it will still be a lower attendance compared to previous years.
The relocation of some attractions will help promote social distancing and attendees will also be required to mask up at any indoor facility. The addition of a safety team on site is another change visitors will notice. Anyone living in Dallas County looking to vaxx up will be given the opportunity to do so at the fair and will even earn $20 in food and ride coupons.
The Fair will run until October 17th, so Texans have plenty of time to dust off their cowboy boots and indulge in some Corny Dogs and turkey legs.
Lights shine bright in Las Vegas
The city known for its extravagant events is finally back to hosting those extravagant events. Fans flocked to the neon capital for a much anticipated Life is Beautiful return. The 3-day Las Vegas music, arts and food festival welcomed top billing artists like Billie Eilish, Haim and Green Day, along with comedians and podcast hosts in its eighth year running.
18 city blocks were filled with costume-clad festival goers who braved the triple digit temperatures to get back to enjoying the crowds after missing out on last year’s festival. Although other festivals have recently received some criticism for their lack of female artist representation, Life is Beautiful had stages rocking with female talent.
Around 180,000 gathered over the three days and were the lucky bunch that got hands on tickets to the sold out weekend. The tickets selling out back in March within 37 minutes was a clear indication that people were eager to return to Vegas for one of the city’s more popular events. Life is Beautiful was back doing what it does best - connecting people through the love of music and art. Viva Las Vegas.