MORE than 100 bands, up to 25,000 festival-goers, 17 different venues: yes, the Hanwell Hootie is back on Saturday, May 11th.

However, though the seventh annual Hootie will be the biggest yet, one thing is shrinking - its environmental impact.

That’s because Hootie 2019 is embracing a new green initiative called Drastic On Plastic, which aims to massively reduce the plastic waste generated at music events across the UK.

This year, festival-goers can buy a re-usable cup for £1 that can be refilled at any Hootie venue.

And, at the end of the evening, they can get their money back, safe in the knowledge the cups will be sterilised and stored ready for Hootie 2020.

Not only that, the Hootie’s food vendors are all being encouraged to ditch plastic straws, sauce sachets, cutlery and bottles.

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There will be two huge outdoor stages, including the 5,000 capacity Viaduct Meadow, and pubs, a school and even a church will also open their doors to host a mix of emerging and established bands.

There’s even a free bus service, to allow festival-goers to enjoy the pick of the talent.

Headline acts this year include Amber Aracades, Thousand Thoughts, Bang Bang Romeo, Giant Party, Keywest and Bad Touch.

The popular musical comedy stage is back for a second year and will feature Christian Reilly, Jollyboat, Boothby Graffoe, Harriet Braine and Jay Foreman.

Why Hanwell? Because it's the birthplace of the mighty Marshall amplifier.

Jim Marshall, the Father of Loud, opened his first shop there in 1960, making this small corner of Ealing the go-to destination for some of the greatest names in rock to rehearse.