We Love Green started in 2011 as an eco-centric festival which still knew how to deliver fun. The two day event is set in woodlands on the outskirts of Paris in Le Bois de Vincennes and the organisers take their ecological responsibilities as seriously as the programming of their four music stages. With a host of talks and workshops from leading scientists, activists and artists discussing the biggest ecological issues of our times, film screenings “to make attendees think”, a huge variety of stalls with local and ethically sourced food, and an eclectic music programme, there is a lot to We Love Green to pack in to just 48 hours.

Sustainability is the core of the message of the festival and 80,000 trees will be planted – one for each attendee – in Uganda, Madagascar and Indonesia whilst all music acts off-setting their carbon footprint as a pledge to the festival organisers. No fossil fuels are used with all energy across the site being renewable and there is no single use plastic anywhere at the festival. Ethical living extends to the food options with all culinary outlets offering vegan and veggie options whilst 50% of the stalls will have no meat on their menus at all. The festival’s impressive green charter can be seen here.

On the music side of things (you know, that thing that most people go to festivals for!) there is a wide mix of international artists spanning house and techno, R’n’B and rap to indie guitar music across four stages. Highlights will undoubtedly be FKA Twigs, Erykah Badu, Yves Tumor and Future, whilst the political and musical raucousness of bands like IDLES, Sleaford Mods and Yak should shake the existential angst from those in attendance. Laurent Garnier, Peggy Gou and a DJ set from Bonobo will no doubt pack out the LaLaLand dance arena. If that isn’t enough to lube your lust for a two-day excursion to Paris, then perhaps the billing of Mr Oizo (with guest Flat Eric) will be enough to tip the scales. Metronomy, Courtney Barnett, Toro Y Moi, Christine and the Queens, Booba, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Glitter and Pond also feature across a rammed music schedule.

As ecological concerns become ever more pressing, no doubt an increasing number of festivals around the world will start to feel more like We Love Green in terms of the values and aims which are at the very centre of its existence. Partay vous Français? Oui, bien sûr!