Archive for February, 2017


What superb news we have for you today!!

The Riba Rocks music and arts festival has been SHORTLISTED for it’s CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABILITY in the Iberian Festival Awards!!!!

We are absolutely thrilled to be invited to the Gala Award Ceremony next month in Barcelona where we will grab the opportunity to not only talk about our grass roots event but more importantly to promote the amazing village of Riba-roja d’Ebre, Catalunya as a place to work, live and party.

The category ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ is something very, very close to Riba Rock’s heart as we are set in a beautiful olive finca in rural Catalunya near the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre called ‘The Valley’ (La Vall). We strive to protect the impact of a large gathering on our natural environment and to be recognised for this effort is just fantastic!

The Riba Rocks team: Abi Bright, Richard Bright, Chris Thornton and Sarah Misselbrook would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town Hall (Ajuntament) of Riba-roja d’Ebre for their support each and every year to enable this event to be socially and culturally sustainable.

The festival has been shortlisted by a panel of international judges and they took a very close look at the event considering the following points:

  • All our toilets are waterless compost toilets
  • Our campsite is run via solar power
  • We have a solar phone charging station
  • Our showers are heated by the sun
  • All water in the campsite comes from rain catching (not drinking water)
  • All waste is separated
  • Our bars all use re-usable cups
  • Our food stalls all use compostable folks, knives, plates and cups (made from vegetable starch)
  • Supporting emerging local and international artists, DJs and performers
  • Presentations on culture and ecology (including a talk on the history of the juniper oven)
  • Rent-a-tent to avoid discarded tents
  • Paperless ticket option encouraged
  • Subsidized tickets to Riba-rojans
  • Low ticket prices (maximum price 35 euros, early bird tickets 20 euros) to make it affordable for local community to see international acts that would normally only play in cities like Barcelona, this is to encourage a larger music culture in a small rural village
  • Promoting the village as a place to visit and live and helping to grow its local economy
  • Riba Rocks is a not-for-profit festival with none of the organising team taking a wage

La Vall, the festival site, is managed by volunteers all year round as an eco olive farm and events host. The site is completely off grid, run by solar, rain catching and heated by olive wood from the farm in wood burners. Our satellite internet is run by solar all year round.

Finally, a HUGE THANK YOU to all you Riba Rockers out there who have joined us in La Vall to dance in the dust xx