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Radiohead appeal to gig-goers to consider environment


Story by Jack Foley

AS THEY embark on the first leg of their 2008 tour, Radiohead are appealing to fans to think about how they travel to and from shows.

Last year, the band commissioned carbon footprint analysts Best Foot Forward to calculate the carbon impact of two of their US tours from 2003.

The report showed that fan travel to and from the shows makes the greatest impact on the CO2 generation of a tour, something which is now widely accepted across the industry.

Following on from the report’s recommendations, Radiohead are encouraging fans to consider public transport or increased car sharing. Where possible, the band has booked city centre shows with good transport links to make it easier for fans to get out of the car.

A new section on the Radiohead site has been set up offering travel information to the venues. Fans can plan their journey by visiting an online calculator, which shows the CO2 generated by different methods of transport. Click here

Feedback and more local travel information is encouraged through the online community waste-central. After the tour, ticket holders will be invited to submit information on their methods of travel so more research can be done in this area.

Radiohead’s production crew will also be posting information on how the band are trying to reduce their own touring carbon emissions without compromising the quality of the shows.

Radiohead’s European Dates are:

June 2008
6 & 7 – Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
9 & 10 – Bercy, Paris, France
12 – Daydream Festival, Primavera Sounds, Barcelona
14 & 15 – Nimes Arena, France
17 & 18 – Civica Arena, Milan, Italy
20 – Southside Festival, Germany
22 – Hurricane Festival, Germany
24 & 25 – Victoria Park, London, UK
27 – Glasgow Green, Scotland
29 – Manchester LCCC, UK

1 – Westerpark, Amsterdam, Holland
3 – Roskilde Festival, Denmark
5 – Werchter Festival, Belgium
6 – Arras Festival, France
8 – Berlin Wuhlheide, Germany