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There’s no denying that huge music festivals like Download Festival and Reading & Leeds cause a lot of pollution due to the sheer amount of people in one space at a time.

Now, some of the biggest music festivals are taking a stand against climate change by going plastic free.

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Live Nation, the promoter of those two festivals along with Wireless and Latitude, announced the four UK festivals will eliminate single-use plastics at their events by 2021.

The announcement comes on the heels of bigger news that the promoter plans to achieve zero waste at their shows by 2030.

“Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and responsibility to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet,” Michael Rapino, president of Live Nation, said in a statement. “The adverse effects of climate change are undeniable, and we want to use our place on the world stage to be part of the solution. Together our concerts, venues, festivals and offices around the world are setting new sustainability standards for live events.”

Download Festival made the announcement about the zero-waste initiative with a hardcore video that is honestly so perfect for us.

Both Download and Reading & Leeds are coming up, with some of our favorites performing at both.

First up is Download Festival next month on June 14-16, which will have headlining sets from Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard. Also,  Fever 333, Halestorm,  Beartooth, Palaye Royale, Stone Temple Pilots and more are set to perform.

Below, see the full list of newly added Download Festival bands, as reported by the NME:

  • Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics
  • Alcest
  • Animals As Leaders
  • At The Gates
  • Bad Wolves
  • Batushka
  • Beartooth
  • Behemoth
  • Black Peaks
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Cane Hill
  • Clutch
  • Coldrain
  • Conjurer
  • Crystal Lake
  • Deadland Ritual
  • Fever 333
  • Godsmack
  • Groundculture
  • Halestorm
  • Heart Of A Coward
  • Icon For Hire
  • Intervals
  • Last In Line
  • Like A Storm
  • Lost In Stereo
  • Love Bites
  • Municipal Waste
  • Ne Obliviscaris
  • Palaye Royale
  • Parting Gift
  • Redhook
  • Skid Row
  • Skynd
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sumo Cyco
  • Those Damn Crows
  • Three Days Grace
  • Toska
  • Trash Boat
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • Vega

Reading & Leeds is set to take place later in the summer from August 23-25. The lineup is huge, with favorites such as  twenty one pilots, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish and the 1975.

 

Also, Machine Gun Kelly, Mayday Parade, SWMRS,  Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, Palaye Royale Boston Manor, PUP, Basement and Of Mice & Men will have sets at the show.

Check out the full list of artists below.

Reading & Leeds Lineup

Æ MAK
Aitch
Anteros
Anti Up
Bad Child
Bakar
Barny Fletcher
Basement
Belako
BiG Heath

Black Honey
Blade Brown
Bleached
Blood Youth
Boston Manor
Brunswick
Cemetary Sun
Childcare
Clairo
Counterfeit
Danileigh
Dappy
Dave
Deno Driz
Dig Dat

Dillon Francis
Dimension
DJ Target
Dreamers
Dream State
Geko
Georgia
Ghostmane
Higher Power
Himalayas
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Hot Milk

Jaguar Skills
James Organ
Jeremy Zucker
Just Banco
Kawala
Kenny Allstar
Kim Petras
King Princess
K-Trap
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
Loski

Mabel
Machine Gun Kelly
Maleek Berry
Masicka
Mayday Parade
Mella Dee
Milk Teeth
Mini Mansions Moontower
Mtrnica
Muzzy
Nahmir
NAV

Night Riots
Oddity Road
Of Mice & Men
Oocean Ally
Palaye Royale
Palgue Vendor
Pink Sweat$
Paris
Patent Pending
Picture This
Pip Blom
Press Club

Prospa
PUP
Puppy
Queen Zee
Roddy Ricch
Saint JHN Sea Girls
Smokesac
Sons Of Raphael
Sophie And The Giant Sports Team
Stand Atlantic
SWMRS

Teddy
The Faim Fidlar
The LaFontaines
The Snuts
Tiffany Calver
Tion Wayne
Tommy Genesis
Truemendous Valeras
Tyla Yaweh
Unkown T
White Reaper
YBN
Zuzu

You can purchase tickets for this year’s festivals here.

What do you think of the climate change initiative at the upcoming festivals? Sound off in the comments below!

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