September’s Climate Week NYC will be kicking off in style when Haim, The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Valerie June, and tons of other great artists come together for The Big Climate Thing. The three-day event goes down at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens to benefit the Earth/Percent organization’s mission of combating climate change.
Founded by Brian Eno, Earth/Percent aims to channel the might of the music industry to the existential climate crisis facing our planet. But part of that agenda includes having a lot of fun, when the aforementioned acts take the stage on September 16-18 at Forest Hills Stadium.
The Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, Khruangbin, Gary Clark Jr., and Princess Nokia will also be part of the party. So will neo-Afrobeat heroes like Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Antibalas, alt-pop stalwarts Guster, indie rock heavyweights Sunflower Bean, and many more.
Speaking to Pitchfork, a representative of the Climate Control Projects explained, “The event is focused on creating an inclusive community that centers a message of climate justice. By that we mean, those least responsible for causing climate change are paying the highest price of its catastrophic effects, and that climate change exacerbates existing inequities such as income inequality, housing and food insecurity, systemic racism, and gender inequality. We also focus on progress rather than perfection with encouragement to our audience to just take the first step without worrying about getting everything 100% right on the first day.”
There are plenty of ticketing options for the event, starting at $119 for a single day pass and going all the way up to a three-day VIP pass. You can sign up on the website to be in on the presale for 6/28, and the official on-sale date for tickets is June 30. In the meantime, you can also visit the event site just to get into the spirit of the thing by checking out some of the common-sense everyday climate-positive tips they’ve got on there.
Keeping the environment safe and enjoying a three-day flow of awesome music are two things everybody can get behind, so why not do both of them at once when you get the chance?