Outdoor concerts and music festivals are notorious for producing insane amounts of waste. From single use cups and beer cans, to the stages themselves, the egregious amounts of litter that is left behind at the end of a show is appalling. Luckily, there’s one indie music festival that is taking great strides to change the concert landscape, and they have great bands too! As the only environmentally-friendly large-scale outdoor music concert, Portland’s Pickathon Music Festival combines great indie bands with eco-designs in Happy Valley, Oregon, including a reusable stage made from 520 upcycled shipping pallets, solar powered lighting, recycling and composting. But if you couldn’t make it up to Oregon this past weekend, don’t fret — starting today Inhabitat will be introducing you to a whole lineup of emerging musicians at Pickathon with an exclusive live broadcast right here. Check out the video above!
Built by the world class aerial architects at Guildworks, Pickathon’s Mountain Stage is one of the world’s largest temporary festival tension structures, held by 200,000 square feet of fabric and 12 miles of rope. Its beautifully hand-crafted, colorful, canvas canopy hovers ethereally over the stage. This year Pickathon also introduced the Treeline stage, an incredible portable structure made from 520 recycled shipping pallets. The stage was constructed by local Portland State University architecture students.
The Barr Brothers perform from the Pickathon Mountain Stage
Along with these innovative designs, Pickathon is the only concert festival to offer solar-powered lighting, 100 percent plastic-free single-use dishware, recycling and composting facilities, and even an EcoShuttle to and from public transportation hubs.
If you love indie music and as much as you love supporting sustainable design, you’ll be happy to know that our video stream of Pickathon is coming soon. Stay tuned for our exclusive Inhabitat Mountain Stage Channel!