In the final programme of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Green Conference, a further 23 European festivals signed up to the international Green Deal Circular Festivals (GDCF) sustainability initiative.

The UK’s Wild Paths festival was among those to have signed up to the initiative, which was launched during ADE Green 2019. With the support of the Dutch government, it aims to create a “future-proof and circular” festival industry, with a target of climate neutrality by 2025.

Other festivals to have signed up at ADE Green this year include Awakenings, Welcome To The Village, Oranjebloesem, Komm schon Alter, Georgie’s en Lago Lago, Castlefest (The Netherlands), Boom (Portugal), Exit (Serbia), Oya (Norway), Paradise City (Belgium), Pohoda (Slovakia) and Sziget (Hungary). They were joined on stage by several festival organisers who are already part of the green deal and Vivianne Heijnen (Minister for the Environment The Netherlands).

UK events which previously signed up to the deal in 2019 were Shambala, Boardmasters and Boomtown, along with European events such as Down the Rabbit Hole Amsterdam Open Air, Best Kept Secret, Body & Soul, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Superbloom and Eurosonic Noorderslag.

The full list of new participants are: Amsterdam Dance Event (NL), Awakenings Festival (NL), Awakenings Summer Festival (NL), Boom Festival (PT), Castle Fest (NL), Department Festival (SE), EXIT Festival (RS), Georgie’s (NL), Komm schon Alter (NL), Lago Lago (NL), Le Guess Who? (NL), Meadows in the Mountains (BG), Mysteryland (NL), NorthSide (DK), Oranjebloesem (NL), Øyafestivalen (NO), Paradise City Festival (BE), Pohoda Festival (SK), Sziget Festival (H), Welcome to the Village (NL), Wild Paths Festival (UK), Wonderfeel (NL).

Electronic music festival and conference ADE 2022 took place across multiple venues from 19-23 October. It hosted attendees as virtual avatars and highlighted new technologies and futuristic initiatives in the music industry, including AI, web3, VR and the metaverse.