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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Chasing Rainbows: Radiohead urge their fans to go green for Dublin gigs

FOOTPRINT: Thom Yorke and Radiohead band members
FOOTPRINT: Thom Yorke and Radiohead band members

Radiohead are urging Irish fans travelling to and from their Malahide Castle shows to be more carbon conscious this summer.

Tens of thousands of music lovers are expected to descend on the north County Dublin venue for two nights and today the band, fronted by charismatic Thom Yorke, urged fans to travel by public transport, by foot or in a car pool.

The band kick off the first leg of their European tour which will see them in Dublin on June 6 and they are hopeful that the Irish will set a solid example.

Last year, the band commissioned carbon footprint analysts Best Foot Forward to calculate the carbon impact of two of their US tours from 2003.

The report showed that fan-travel to and from the shows makes the greatest impact on the CO2 generation of a tour.

Following on from the report's recommendations, Radiohead are now urging fans to consider public transport or increased car sharing. Where possible, the band has booked city centre shows with good transport links to make it easier for fans to stay out of the car.


Green-conscious Radiohead have always been key proponents in the battle against the destruction of the environment and as recently as last week they appeared on NBC's tonight with Conan O'Brien via satellite link to avoid the damaging cost of flying.

A new section on the Radiohead site has been set up offering travel information to the venues.

Fans can plan their journey by visiting an online calculator, which shows the CO2 generated by different methods of transport.

Feedback and more local travel information is encouraged through the online community wastecentral.

After the tour, ticket holders will be invited to submit information on their methods of travel so more research can be done.

Radiohead's production crew will also be posting information on how the band are trying to reduce their own carbon emissions without compromising the quality of the shows.

Radiohead play two dates in Dublin on June 6 and 7 before moving onto France and around the continent.

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