We Are Burners

Bound by principles, united by participation.

Radical Participation

Decompression is one of the world’s longest running burner events. Participation is one of our guiding principles. The world is better when you get involved.

Volunteering at Decompression is a huge part of the experience. Everything is run by volunteers. Help keep people happy, apply for a welfare shift, a ranger shift, a gate shift.

Be a real hero, and sign up for strike! The team that removes evidence of the realms, and leaves a better trace.

When you volunteer you become a part of the the magic, make new friends, and leave knowing that you did your bit to make the realms of unearthly delights a little bit better.

How it Works

You’re involved by being there, you can get more involved once you’ve become a member and bought your ticket.

There you’ll see an option to sign up for volunteer shifts. These are an essential part of the Decom experience.

Got an idea, or more to give? Email us, and we’ll help make your dreams a reality.

The Community

London Decompression is built by our incredible community. There are burners around the world. You are not alone.

We have close connections to other regional burns, such as:

Burning Nest


London Burning Pub.

For more information on regional burns, see the Burning Man Regional Community Page

Leaving a Better Trace

The burner community has the power to make a positive impact not only on the individuals who are part of it, but also on society at large. This is why London Decompression has decided to up the Leave No Trace game to:

Leave a Better Trace.

We want to honour the basic burner principle of leaving the environment as we found it, but why stop there when our community has such potential to leave a positive trace?

Examples of LBT include having a burn and planting trees in a place that has been desertified; creating art or facilities that can be used by the local inhabitants after you leave; awakening people to take further actions to protect and improve the environment or become activists.

This means our mission has expanded to include:

Reducing our environmental impact.
Educating the community on environment related issues.
Empowering the community to adopt more environmentally-friendly behaviour, both at burns and in daily life.

For what personal steps you can take to reduce your footprint, and advice for Theme Camps and Artists, please see our complete Leave a Better Trace Guide

Further reading

Greening your Nest – a guide to a greener Burning Nest, also very applicable to Decom
Ride Share form – find a ride, or offer a ride to reduce the impact from travel
Green Resources list – crowdsourced list of resources that can help with LBT
LBT on Slack – project management for London Decom LBT
LBT Decom Report (to be completed after Decom)


As a member organisation we make our finances public. Please click the links below to see the wrap up and financial reports for past events:

Event wrap up and financial report for 2022

Event wrap up and financial report for 2019

Event wrap up and financial report for 2018

Event wrap up and financial report for 2017