In an official statement the organizers of Earth Garden have declared that Earth Garden Festival will go ahead as planned. This was announced after the general election was called last Monday creating an unprecedented clash with this year’s edition of Earth Garden.
“It’s definitely business as usual for us. I’m not going to lie we were taken aback with the announcement of the general election as we have been working extremely hard on this year’s edition for over 9 months and this year is our biggest year, in terms of artists and footprint. The scale of the event is definitely one of the reasons why cancelling or postponing was not even an option for us. We have over 100 artists flying in, binding contracts and other factors, which make it logistically impossible. Of course there is also the fact that we have around 500 people working on site and an average attendance of more than 20 thousand people but we also have a unique identity made up of genuine people and music lovers which is really worth fighting for.” stated the organisers of Earth Garden Festival.
Earth Garden has been in fact voted as one of the Top 15 festivals in Europe , which further encouraged the organizers to launch the home-grown Festival internationally.
The organizers added “We fully understand that an election brings along a bit of tension. We want to offer a different perspective where we can one still have a principle and/or a political opinion, which doesn’t have to be an obsession. Earth Garden has always been a festival of unity bringing people together from all walks of life, nationality, beliefs, and gender ever since our first edition 11 years ago. In this respect, we will not tolerate any disrespectful or any partisan behavior. No political associated material or items will be permitted within the Festival grounds.”
This year’s edition is going to be the biggest footprint ever for Earth Garden with a 30% increase including 4 music areas, an additional camping site, a newly located Electronic Sphere, Music playground Jamming, newly located Healing Fields, the Ethnic Market, a Fun Park and a Food court.
Often referred to as Malta’s mini- Glastonbury, Earth Garden has also been an advocate for a green environment, fully aware that eco social responsibilities are rarely on the forefront of commercial agendas. The Festival is committed to further create awareness and invest further in its waste management. Last year alone the festival saved over 7000 KG of resources through it’s waste and recycled management and this year will be introducing a mandatory one-cup policy, which is a first on the island.
The 2017 edition of Earth Garden Festival will be held on the 1st until the 4th of June at the National Park, Ta’ Qali. Doors open on Thursday 1st June at 1800 hours.
Tickets at €25 each for a 4-day pass for Earth Garden Festival 2017 are available for sale from ticketline.com.mt or from selected outlets. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be allowed to enter the festival for free. Dogs are very welcome but need to be kept on a leash and owners must always clean after.