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Move over Glastonbury: Newport Folk Festival powers stage by bike for first time

Move over Glastonbury: Newport Folk Festival powers stage by bike for first time
The idea came from the band Illiterate Light, whose frontman Jeff Gorman said it was the first-ever bike-powered performance venue at a music festival

The great folk musician Pete Seeger once sang: “Without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel can turn.”

Mr Seeger, 当然, was referring to the union movement. But this summer, at his beloved Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, attendees quite literally used their brains and muscles to turn some wheels.

At the “Bike Stage”, one of many festival venues, some attendees powered the artists’ performances on stationary bicycles that were hooked up to generate electricity.

The idea came from the band Illiterate Light, whose frontman Jeff Gorman told the 美联社 that it was the first-ever bike-powered performance venue at a music festival.

It’s a folk music 节日, not an EDM show, so it’s not as if the performers need a ton of electricity. 尽管如此, the bikes needed an additional boost so the stage also had solar panels hooked up, 美联社 笔记. However the bikes became an opening gambit for discussions on cleaner forms of energy.

“It’s a way for them to just do something different and for us to start the conversation around energy use and just thinking differently and trying out new ways of creating electricity,” Gorman told the 美联社.

According to local news outletWhat’s Up Newp, the event from 22 -24 七月, also featured sustainable initiatives like food composting, water bottle refill stations and parking for those who arrived by bike.

The Newport Folk Festival has a long history of political activism. Formed in the late 1950s in part by musician and activist Pete Seeger, the event was associated with the civil rights movement from early on including a 1963 march through the city of Newport.

这些年来, it’s played host to many a protest anthem, with sets from Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie, 其中包括.

今年, the festival saw appearances from folk legends like Joni Mitchell, with in her first performance in 20 年, as well as younger artists like Brandi Carlile, The Roots and John Craigie.