An Eco Friendly Music Festival on the Beach

(Last Updated On: February 9, 2019)


What’s better than a music festival on the beach?  A music festival on the beach with no shoes, single use plastic or styrofoam!  Koh Lanta recently held its first ever eco friendly music festival on the beach in Kantiang Bay.  ‘Yup Fest Bare Feet Project’ wanted festival goers to enjoy the feel of sand between their toes and leave behind nothing but their footprints.

Organizers took great efforts to make sure the festival had as little impact on the environment as possible, by creating as little trash as possible.  No plastic cups, straws, utensils or styrofoam were used at the event.


yup fest music festival koh lanta thailand


How was Yup Fest’s music festival eco-friendly?

1. All food was served in natural wrapping, like banana leaves (the traditional Thai way of wrapping food before plastic came along), biodegradable wrapping or paper plates.

2. Local businesses sponsored eco-friendly alternatives to plastic.  Lantamart in Saladan, Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort in Khlong Tob, and  Scubafish in Kantiang Bay sponsored biodegradable cups.

3. Kon-Tiki Dive Shop in Saladan and Anong minimart in Khlong Dao  sponsored these fantastic aluminum cups that guests could buy and take away with them.

If you purchased one of these cups, you were allowed to queue in a V.I.P line for your drinks and were given an extra 3 oz!  All profit from the cups was given to the Khlong Nin school to contribute towards its multimedia library.  So, festival goers who bought these cups were not only helping the environment but also local children.

music festival on the beach aluminium cups


4. No plastic straws were used at the festival, only paper ones.

5. Free drinking water was available at refill stations.

6. Even the wristbands were eco friendly, made from fabric, which also meant people could carry on wearing them after the event, as a souvenir.


Trash Hero Koh Lanta

Trash Hero Koh Lanta had a great stall at the festival, displaying their eco friendly products – refillable water bottles, reusable shopping bags that attach to keyrings, and stainless steel straws.  They talked to people about what they do: their mission being to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle, and also join their weekly beach clean ups on Koh Lanta, or organise their own beach clean ups.

Find out where you can buy Trash Hero water bottles on Koh Lanta.



Trash Hero also created a ‘trash wall’ to show people how much plastic is in our oceans, and how long it will remain there or on beaches.  All of the items used in the installation had been picked up on the weekly Trash Hero beach cleanups on Koh Lanta.


music festival on the beach trash hero installation


And they made some fantastic ashtrays for the festival, out of large pieces of bamboo painted to look like cigarettes.  These were placed in the sand around the festival and people really loved them.


music festival on the beach bamboo ashtrays


Find out more about the great work Trash Hero does to keep Koh Lanta clean and reduce the amount of single-use plastic used here.



Koh Lanta rocks its first eco friendly music festival on the beach

Koh Lanta’s first eco-friendly music festival was a huge success and a great example of how large events can be eco-friendly.

Here’s to Koh Lanta holding lots more eco-friendly festivals.  Maybe the island could be next year’s Wonderfruit festival venue…

Have you been to any great eco-friendly festivals?  We’d love to hear about them, so let us know in the comments below.



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4 Replies to “An Eco Friendly Music Festival on the Beach”

  1. Hi there,

    WOW, I love your article!

    Koh Lanta is so beautiful, I plan to visit next year. I live near the sea and it’s incredible the amount of plastic cups and plates we find every day. It’s so sad! My children and I volunteer to clean the beach once a week. It would be a wonderful idea to forbid people to enter the beach if they carry plastic stuff. I’ll speak with the person who is in charge of the beach about this and I’ll share this article with him too:) It can really help!

    I’ll be in Koh Lanta in August. So I would like to know if there will be a music festival at that time of the year?

    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment.  That’s great that you clean up the beach.  We wish more people did that!  Isn’t it sad how much plastic is on beaches everywhere now?  We all need to reduce, reuse and recycle more to solve this problem.  Thailand recently banned smoking on a lot of its beaches but that’s just a dip in the ocean (!) and really it seems that straws and other single use plastic is as big, if not bigger, problem than cigarette butts.  It will be interesting to see if they do anything about that as well.  Fantastic that you’re coming to Koh Lanta.  We hope you love it here.  August is the low season, so there probably won’t be a music festival at that time of year.  You can relax and enjoy some peace and quiet at that time of year instead.  🙂

  2. That is such a great idea to hold an eco-friendly event at the beach and provide alternate environmental friendly utensils for use. This is a great way to educate the mass on the importance of keeping the environment clean for their own benefit. I hope you will keep the festival alive and maybe reciprocate the same idea world wide.

    1. We hope there will be lots more eco-friendly festivals too – on Lanta and everywhere.  It’s not hard to do with a little bit of thought and effort.  There will definitely be another Yup Fest on Koh Lanta next year and hopefully lots more eco events too.  Thanks for your comment, Anita, and have a great day 🙂

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