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The world's rock stars turn Green at Glastonbury!

03 July 2003

We're used to see bands turning red on stage at rock festivals under the heat of the lights and the pressure of performing to tens of thousands. But Glastonbury 2003 saw some of the world's most popular bands and artists turn well and truly green.

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Bands like The Thrills, Eighties Matchbox b-line disaster, Goldfrapp, Beth Orton, Damien Rice, Lauren Laverne, Cooper Temple Clause, Athlete and Moloko showed their support to important Greenpeace campaigns by signing up and donning T-shirts.

The rolling hills of Somerset are the ideal setting away from the smoke of the city for people to sign up to the world's biggest environmental agency. It is well known that Glastonbury supports Greenpeace and last year gave in the region of half a million pounds to the charity and with banners adorning the main stage and information points scattered around the site it is easy for artists to find out more about what Greenpeace have been up to.

This Summer, Greenpeace invited bands to wear Stop Esso T-shirts and Forest campaign T-shirts. Artists were also asked to sign a petition which will be sent from the music industry at large direct to Tony Blair calling upon the government to ban the imports of illegally logged timber taken from the world's most ancient rainforests from entering the UK.

A wide range of bands and artists got behind the current forest campaign SAVE OR DELETE including: The Thrills, Turin Brakes, Athlete, Cooper Temple Clause, Beth Orton, Sparta, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Goldfrapp, Sugababes, Tom McRae, Moloko, Lamb, Grandaddy, Damien Rice, Feeder, A Man Called Adam, Howard Marks, Don Letts, Bez, Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne and Phil Jupitus.

Brenda Ramsey from the Save Or Delete forest campaign said "80% of the world's ancient forests have been destroyed and the situation in Indonesia is so urgent that the orangutan will be extinct in the wild in 10 years time. Support from musicians helps us take these issues to a wide new audience."

Greenpeace are also pursuing a music DVD project which will be released at the end of the year to furthur develop the profile of the SAVE OR DELETE campaign. Some bands are dedicating relevant tracks like "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead while others are set to pen brand new tracks written especially for the project.

It's refreshing to see artists Glastonbury is the perfect environment for artists to voice their support for environmental issues and it's refreshing to see how willing artists can be to put their name to a worthy cause. There is a rich heritage of singers supporting Greenpeace for example The Pretenders naming an album after The Rainbow Warrior.

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Thanks to: Rhiannon Sheehy

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