1425-kilometres-cycling-concert tour in the name of sustainability
After the huge success of his first ReCycling Tour, the musician and composer Manu Delago wanted to take the project a step further: in keeping with the motto “From the Alps to the North Sea”, the tour led the band and crew from Innsbruck via Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne to the bike-friendly city of Amsterdam. Along the way, the Grammy-nominated artist from Tyrol and his band performed 17 concerts.
Environmentally friendly alternative to conventional touring
Delago had the ReCycling Tour idea after performing internationally alongside various artists such as Björk, Olafur Arnalds and Anoushka Shankar and performing his own projects. “The intense travels by air and bus made me think how I, as a musician, can contribute to climate protection. This gave rise to the idea of developing an environmentally friendly alternative to a conventional concert tour.”
All the musical instruments and equipment for the live performances were transported in specially built bicycle trailers. In addition to that, accumulators for electronics as well as light equipment are charged on tour using solar panels. The band & crew were on a vegetarian diet and the audience was encouraged to use public transport, cycle or walk to the concert venues.