Music Declares Emergency, Adapt and Bird On The Wire in Association with Sonos present

The Conference

FROM 1pm

Featuring leading music industry executives and artists imagining a greener music industry


Bird On The Wire, Adapt and Music Declares Emergency present

The Live Show

FROM 7pm

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD improv with friends




With many more special guests to be announced

Sunday 17th October will see the first Climate Music Blowout event in London.

Culminating in a show featuring a unique line-up of bespoke performances including a raft of special guests, the afternoon will see key music industry figures and artists discuss how the music industry, and the music community, can continue to play a key role in responding to the climate emergency

Climate Music Blowout has been curated in partnership by Music Declares Emergency, Adapt and Bird On The Wire.

The Climate Music Blowout conference is presented in association with our headline sponsors SONOS.

The Climate Music Blowout show will feature Mercury nominees Black Country, New Road playing a special improvised set involving some very special guest performances from friends with further confirmed special sets from Porridge Radio, Skinny Pelembe and Steam Down and a host of surprises to be announced at a later date.

A very limited amount of early bird tickets are now available at the reduced price of £12.50 including a 50p donation to Ecolibrium to offset audience travel at this link.

Prior to the show, from 1pm Climate Music Blowout will host a series of panels considering how record labels, the live music community, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and artists can play a part in continuing to green the music business and use their power to encourage action from fans. The event will open with an introductory address from Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music and Trustee of Earth Percent. Climate Music Blowout will also feature addresses on the issues that matter within the digital sphere to identify areas of discussion for a future event dedicated to the sector.

Full panellist details will be announced shortly.

MDE said:

“The UK music industry has made definitive and public commitments in recent times to action on sustainability and has the ambition to do far more. By bringing everyone together after such a period of separation by screens we aim to connect all parts of UK music to encourage everyone present to share the huge talent for innovation that has been the hallmark of our industry since its birth.”

Adapt said:

“Creativity in many forms is essential in instigating real, tangible action. The music industry has always proven itself to be a strong force for change, driving engagement and communicating difficult ideas in accessible and powerful ways. The impact of real life community and live music spaces is vastly underestimated in their ability to galvanise people, which is why the Climate Music Blowout had to take the form of a real life experience. We hope that the blowout will light a fire in all that are touched by it, to go out into their own communities, organisations and projects and feel inspired to make real systemic changes.”

Bird On The Wire said:

“Live music has gone through a tumultuous couple of years, but it has also been a time for all to reflect on how they choose to return. We are big admirers of Adapt’s and MDE’s work and could not be more thrilled to launch the Climate Music Blowout together, with the hope that this first edition will be a step forward on a collective journey for people with music at heart – be it those working in the industry, musicians or fans – to learn and take action, whilst still experiencing the celebration of live music.”

Deji Bryce Olukotun, Director of Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Sonos, said:

“Listening is the first step on the path to climate action. We urgently need to address climate change, and the music industry can both call attention to the crisis and help us imagine a sustainable future. We’re honoured to be able to support these urgent conversations at Climate Music Blowout because we believe they will lead to creative solutions.”

Details for the Music Climate Blowout conference to follow. For exact timings and further details visit

Doors 1pm

What The World Is Waiting For

Introductory address from Mike Smith, Global President, Downtown Music.


Into The Groove

With recent announcements from Beggars Group and Ninja Tune on zero carbon pathways, the reality of the zero emissions record company is at hand.

How do other labels follow their lead and how can the label and recordings community work together whilst recognising competition to create a zero carbon sector?

Don’t Stop Me Now

Live music has been vocal and forthright in its collective efforts to recognise environmental impacts and sustainability issues within the sector. From plastic bans to tent recycling, green power to living walls and roofs, festivals, venues, agents and promoters have joined the conversation.

Our panel considers the advances that have been made, the targets that have been announced and the strategies that are necessary to realise a zero carbon live sector.

Go Your Own Way in association with Key Productions

From the raw materials of vinyl to the packaging of our albums and CDs, the music industry faces challenges in creating artefacts that don’t damage our world.

As vinyl sales increase and physical product reaffirms its place as a key driver of industry income and artist discovery, our panel asks:

‘Can we make green products, deliver them in a sustainable way and, is sustainability a priority for fans?’

Talk That Talk in association with PRS For Music

Artists have been at the forefront of change on social issues throughout music history but speaking on climate comes with its own particular challenges.

With artists committed to using their influence to raise the profile of the conversation, our panel considers the challenges to artists standing front and centre in support of action on the climate emergency and the solutions to removing those barriers.


Exploring the potential future of the music industry, if members choose to place climate and/or community at the forefront of their decisions. We are joined by an amazing panel of pioneers whose ventures amplify voices and create opportunities for change.

Entry to the Climate Music Blowout conference is free. To sign up click here.

Tickets for the Climate Music Blowout show are available now here.

We would like to thank our headline sponsor, Sonos, and panel sponsors PRS and Key Productions for their support in making the event possible.