16th Green Events and Innovations Conference confirms details for London 2024

Run by non-profit sustainability specialists A Greener Future and the International Live Music Conference, this year’s gathering will take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Tuesday 27th February.

people gathering on concert field

International experts will be in attendance at the 16th Annual Green Events and Innovations Conference [GEI16], with the goal of knowledge sharing about the climate-related challenges facing the events sector, and the solutions to these currently in development or operation across the world. In addition to industry figureheads, two of Britain’s most iconic artists will be present on the day — Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker. 

‘We are over the moon that Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker will bring such a special experience to the GEI delegates this year. GEI, since its inception, has been about uniting the live community and beyond to make a better world for all of us. This is why we love the work of our charity partner EarthPercent and can’t wait to experience and share what we have in store next month,’ said Claire O’Neill, CEO, A Greener Future.

Two exclusive research projects will also be presented as part of the programme, including a groundbreaking partnership between A Greener Future, accessibility specialists Attitude Is Everything, and Julie’s Bicycle. Farah Ahmed and Dr Teresa Moore will lead a conversation about how improving inclusion for people with disabilities can also be environmentally friendly, with Blaine Harrison, lead singer of the band Mystery Jets, joining Arts Council England’s Feimatta Conteh and Harry Jones of Accessible Events Ltd in a panel discussion on this subject. 

A second session, Influencing Audiences Beyond the Festival focuses on the influence of green festivals such as award-winning UK dates Green Gathering. Research will be unveiled showing how public opinion and engagement can be harnessed through live events, positively influencing behaviour and choices long after the final curtain and the music stops. Meanwhile, other key elements of the conference including ‘Supporting sustainable employability skills for current and future generations of festival and events managers’ and ‘Presenting Ecosystem Collapse – Sponsored By Oil and Gas, which deals with the need to balance sponsorship and sustainability. 

In the run up to GEI16, chart-topping band the 1975 will perform the world’s first carbon-removed gig at London’s O2, in association with AGF and facilitated by CUR8, a carbon-removal specialist firm. This will then be the focus of a session at the conference, with representatives from AEG, one of the world’s largest music promoters. You can find a full breakdown of the programme, including details of this year’s Quick Fire Innovation Round which showcases the latest developments in event-related climate tech, and register for tickets, here. 

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