The creation of folk rockers Oysterband, Big Session Festival is a three-day festival held at De Monfort Hall and its surrounding gardens.

Celebrating its fifth birthday in 2009, the festival will bring together a collection of world class acts in folk and roots across three stages, both indoor and out.

The event is regularly applauded for its environmental ethics and took away the Greener Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards 2007.

The festival also features lunchtime and impromptu sessions over the weekend as well as ceilidh, a children’s area, real ale, food and market stalls.

AGreenerFestival say this about the festival: The Big Session Festival won the ‘greenest festival’ public vote at the 2007 UK Festival Awards and was also the winner of the 2007 Greener Festival Award. Joined by the City Blues Festival, the organisers of the Big Session are proud of their environmentally friendly practices. To reduce CO2 emissions at De Montfort Hall, no generators are used and all power is taken from the councils eco-tariff supply – this, coupled with a city centre based location and a good transport policy substantially reduces the event’s carbon footprint. Complete Wasters handle the festivals’ recycling and look out for plastic bottles, cardboard, paper and glass, collecting compostable food waste and pint glasses. Composing reduces what would have gone to landfill by 20% and recycling some 50%. To add to this, in 2008 the Big Session Festival undertook a comprehensive environmental audit and also promoted a lightbulb give away – donating energy saving lightbulbs to customers who pledge to use them.

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