WOMAD say 100% of tents were taken home after the festival

31st July 2019 Off By

Organisers of WOMAD Festival in Wiltshire have said 100 per cent of tents were taken home, leaving the campsite “totally empty” by Monday afternoon.

WOMAD, which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance took place at Charlton Park near Malmesbury in Wiltshire over the weekend, with Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Anna Calvi headlining.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis made headlines earlier this summer when revealing 99.3 per cent of tents were taken home after the festival. When claiming 100 per cent of tents were taken home from WOMAD, organisers said they were: “setting the bar that little bit higher than the rest… because we’re the best.”

Back in May, over 60 festivals called on retails to stop marketing low-quality, ‘single-use’ tents for festival use as part of the Association of Independent Festivals’ #TakeYourTentHome campaign.

The Association estimates 250,000 tents are left at UK festivals each year, the vast majority of which end up in landfill. The average tent contains as much plastic waste as 8,750 straws.

Folk singer Beans on Toast released a song recorded at Boomtown alongside the campaign, titled “Take Your Sh*t Home With You!”. He now regularly performs the song live, including recent sets at Glastonbury and Kendal Calling.

Back in February, WOMAD organisers warned they were struggling to book artists because of Brexit.

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