A festival targeted to engage the crowd in climate change activism has been canceled.
Some of the prominent musicians in the industry, including The Roots, Haim, Sheryl Crow, and the War on Drugs, were scheduled to headline the first event of its kind at Forest Hills Stadium in mid-September. However, no new dates had been set by the organizers yet.
“We felt that if we couldn’t produce the event in a way that met the high standards for participation, impact and sustainability that are the foundation of The Big Climate Thing, then it was the responsible choice to postpone until we can,” said the event’s organizers in a statement.
The single-stage fest was revealed in June and had Climate Control Projects as producer. It had been set to cover climate-themed discussions with live music. Its major nonprofit collaborator is EarthPercent, an organization with Brian Eno as a co-founder to allocate funds from the music industry toward environmental causes.
Other artists set to play in the event include The Weather Station, the Flaming Lips, Khruangbin, and many more.
Here is the complete statement from the fest’s organizers below.
Climate Control Projects on The Big Climate Thing Postponement:
“The Big Climate Thing, scheduled for September 16-18 at Forest Hills Stadium, NYC has been postponed.
The artists, climate movement leaders and partners of this event take the responsibility of representing those fighting for survival on the front lines of ecological disaster and environmental justice incredibly seriously. Collectively, we felt that if we couldn’t produce the event in a way that met the high standards for participation, impact and sustainability that are the foundation of The Big Climate Thing, then it was the responsible choice to postpone until we can.
Compared with the climate emergency itself, a concert postponement is hardly important news. However, for the fans who purchased tickets, the teams that have been working tirelessly behind the scenes, the climate organizations and activists who have been integral to the mission of this project and the speakers and artists who were the heart and soul of the event, we are so grateful to have had this chance to form a vital community with you centered on creativity and climate optimism. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the climate crisis it’s that one must adapt to survive.
With humility and gratitude, we look forward to bringing a renewed The Big Climate Thing back in 2023 to create a platform for those who truly inspire us with their commitment to creating a more just, equitable and habitable planet. And some of the best music on Earth.
Climate Control Projects
Ticket Refund Information:
If you purchased your tickets via AXS online or by phone, a refund will automatically be issued to the credit card you used to purchase within 30 business days. Otherwise, refunds are available at your original point of purchase.”
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