The Green Gathering will be held from Thursday 31st July until Sunday 3rd August 2014 returning for a fourth year to Piercefield Park of Chepstow, in Monmouthshire.
3 Daft Monkeys, Seize The Day, Nik Turner, Rory McLeod, The Undercover Hippy, Formidable Vegetable Soundsystem, Libby Lawes, Gary Clail, Woof & Wilde, The Brickshed, Lowri Evans,The Face, Tarantism, Not Completely Blonde, Blind River Scare, Flatworld, Hattie Hatstar, Pikey Beatz, The Wierdstring Band, MAUVEpeople, Jon Sterckx, Danieal, The Robin Pierce Band, Fasta Benj, Tarantism, Tracey Curtis, Tetchi, The Electric Brains, Pagan Love Cult, Society of Imaginary Friends, The Majestic, Life in Cold Climates, Mama Nice and comic poet John Hegley..
The Speakers' Forum provides a platform for key Green thinkers; the Brigadoon Stage hosts informal acoustic music sessions; and there's a spoken word arena for poets, comedians and raconteurs. Speakers this year include Jeremy Leggett, Simon Fairlie, Jenny Jones, Paul Mobbs, Louise Somerville Williams, Jamie Kelsey Fry, and many more.
Tickets are priced at £96.50 (plus £5 booking fee plus vehicle passes). Children aged under 11 can attend free, a youth ticket (aged 11-15 years), with a responsible adult is priced at £54, carer/companion tickets are also free.
A car pass (in hardstanding carpark) is priced at £20, a motorbike pass is £10, and a live-in vehicle or caravan pass was priced at £40 and have sold out.
Landscaped grounds high above the Wye Valley offer views of the Severn estuary and bridges; the ruins of neoclassical Piercefield House provide an atmospheric backdrop; and the rolling parkland of the site, encircled by woods, has ample space for camping.
The Green Gathering promotes and platforms sustainable lifestyles through combining education with entertainment.
GG is a place to relax, make friends and listen to music - but it's also so much more than that. It's a community and an education. It's about providing food, energy, health and shelter without degrading the planet. It's about future families.
Green Gathering attracts a broad range of people of different ages and backgrounds. under 11s can come for free and 11-15s tickets are discounted, it's popular with families too with a huge, adventurous Kid's Zone incorporating a toddler area, teens tent, gardens, crafts, rides, acting & action.
Held in 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the event also offers a chance to learn traditional skills in the Craft area and to explore pathways to green futures with Permaculture and Transition groups. Veteran activists will be on hand to share information and tactics in the Campaigns field, while in the Speakers' Forum, experts and mavericks present a huge range of topics for debate.
The Green Gathering is entirely off-grid; all stages are 100% powered by sun, wind and people. Pioneers in solar engineering and LED lighting are on hand to teach what they know. There's an Assisted Camping area, solar and wood-fired showers, communal campfires and wooded glades where healers offer massage and mysticism.
For hands-on, experiential learning there are workshops in traditional crafts, permaculture, alternative technology and storytelling. There's no mains electric on the festival site, and no generators; all stages, music, lights and gadgets are powered by wind, sun and people. Reasonably priced real ale and cider bars, wholesome food, solar-powered showers, wood-fired saunas, campfires and a community of like-minded people round out the event.
The Green Gathering's own West Country cider and ale bar provides tipples to whet the whistle at very reasonable prices.
It's a festival that's fun, but it goes far beyond hedonism.
The Green Gathering Charity promotes environmental sustainability, ecological awareness, biodiversity, human rights, appropriate technology and independent media, through education, communication and the arts.
The Charity and the Gathering provide opportunities for learning about these issues, from the perspective that education should be hands-on and fun.
Off Grid College
The festival will host the Off Grid College, an offshoot of Off Grid Festival offering practical workshops in low impact development, renewable energy and sustainable food production as Off Grid 'modules' over the four days, co-ordinated by Dan Hurring, formerly of Sunrise Festival, with colleagues from Off Grid Festival, Cloud Cuckoo Land and Transition initiatives.
There will be more information here when available.
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