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A Greener Festival Award Scheme

A Greener Festival Award Scheme

Now in it's fifth year, The Greener Festival Awards is the internationally recognised scheme that recognises and rewards festivals who have made significant steps in reducing their environmental impact.

15 things that happened in 2009 that may never happen again

15 things that happened in 2009 that may never happen again

Here, we take a look at the 15 things that happened at festivals in 2009 that may never happen again.

Festivals 2009: a year in review

Festivals 2009: a year in review

Phew! What another impressive festival year. At the turn of the season, the big event bookings had vamped it up like Britpop Groundhog Day: Blur Vs Oasis Part II - the beef is back - just with bigger bellies and balding heads.

VF is 10: downers of the decade

VF is 10: downers of the decade

To celebrate Virtual Festivals' tenth birthday, we've tracked down some of the most influential people in the festival world - those that have shaped the current scene - to talk about the last decade...

VF is 10: highlights of the decade

VF is 10: highlights of the decade

To celebrate Virtual Festivals' tenth birthday, we've tracked down some of the most influential people in the festival world - those that have shaped the current scene - to talk about the last decade...

Four chat: we talk to four new bands at Download

Four chat: we talk to four new bands at Download

Introducing the four rock bands that all played Download that will soon be grinning up at you from the front cover of Kerrang! and rocking out all over your TV screen...

The Big One - Download Festival 2009

The Big One - Download Festival 2009

We look ahead to one of the two biggest festivals this week - Download Festival...

Welcome To My Greener Festival

Welcome To My Greener Festival

We've teamed up with the good folks at www.agreenerfestival.com to look at the role of music festivals in promoting environmentally friendly practices, reducing the impact of festivals and combating climate change.

Festival folk: rock and metal

Festival folk: rock and metal

We continue Virtual Festivals' Darwinian look at the types of festival species you're likely to find in a field near you. You won't see any of these on Springwatch...

Rumours round up

Rumours round up

With January well and truly behind us, it's time to hook out the wellies, shake down the tent and think about that first gulp of warm cardboard lager, as we give you the low-down on who we think will play where this summer.

We predict the rock acts of 2009

We predict the rock acts of 2009

As we head into February, it's time to gaze into the future and predict the metal and rock acts that will be whipping UK festivals into shape come the summer.

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