Judgeday successfully tendered for Greenbelt’s site agency contract back in 2015. Following the festival’s move from Cheltenham Racecourse to Boughton House in 2014 and having been hit by bad weather in successive years, the organisers were looking for an experienced production company to join the team and assist in the successful delivery of the event.
Joining the Greenbelt team was an attractive prospect from the outset, the inclusive festival for arts, faith and justice, regularly attracts an audience of circa. 12,000 and is committed to both accessibility and sustainability. Our role within Greenbelt is to design and build the site in collaboration and consultation with the organisers, managing site infrastructure, procurement, site scheduling and the technical production.
Greenbelt is unique in that it has a core team that is supported by a large team of volunteers over the event. So once the site is built it is handed over to an army of highly experienced managers, stewards, fire officers and transport experts who have worked on the festival for many years and who run the operations. During show days our team continue to manage the technical production and take on a site maintenance role, ensuring all services run efficiently and effectively, whilst troubleshooting issues as they may arise.
Our team has played a significant role in assisting the festival in meeting its sustainability objectives. Key areas where we have made improvements include power, energy and waste. Working closely with power provider Gofer, we have successfully introduced power monitoring, hybrid generators, solar power and are continuing to design the site to reduce its carbon footprint. In addition, we work closely with waste management company Critical Waste to implement recycling initiatives that reduce the festival’s environmental impact, bringing in more thorough recycling systems and food waste to composting initiatives. Each year our team work on reducing waste and improving recycling.
Greenbelt was one of 37 global events and festivals who received a ‘A Greener Festival Award’ in 2019, it was highly commended in a category that included Glastonbury, Roskilde and Primavera Sound.
- Contractor Procurement
- Site Design, Planning & Infrastructure
- Technical Production