Understanding Temporariness Beyond the Temporal: Greenfield and Urban Music Festivals and Their Energy Use Implications

  • Michael E. P. Allen


This chapter investigates the concept of temporariness and its importance in understanding energy demand at greenfield and urban music festivals. It argues for an expanded understanding of temporariness that goes beyond the temporal (duration, rate of recurrence) to also include important spatial aspects (location, infrastructural arrangements). Allen draws on theories of social practice, specifically the concept of practice bundles, to argue that music festivals are a form of organised event composed of social practices and that these practices constitute energy demand. He concludes that both temporal and spatial characteristics of temporariness are important in shaping the energy demand of music festivals.



This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/K011723/1] as part of the RCUK Energy Programme and by EDF as part of the R&D ECLEER Programme.


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  • Michael E. P. Allen
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  1. 1.DEMAND CentreLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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