Johan Rockström, fashion designer Bea Szenfeld, and Coldplay’s climate scientist joins Way Out West's climate stage!

This year’s Way Out West kicks off on August 8 with the climate stage Greentopia. World-leading researchers and social debaters meet with engaged artists and sustainable pioneers from the music industry. We can now reveal the first speakers of the climate meeting.


In the program, which takes place on August 8th from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, topics such as radical futures, idiotic systems, sustainable tours, festival fashion, apoliticism, fan culture, artist protests, and other burning issues central to the climate transition we are currently undergoing will be discussed.


Among this year’s speakers is John E. Fernandez, the American researcher who has studied the climate impact and transformation of Coldplay’s world tour Music Of The Spheres – which has succeeded in halving the band’s emissions compared to their previous tour. John is the head of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, which works to transition to a climate-neutral and just future. Together with Live Nation and Warner Music, he leads Climate Machine, a research project aimed at getting the music industry to address climate change.


“Live music is about imagining new worlds in real-time. MIT will describe new research that identifies the various ways live music can develop a sustainable and climate-positive future,” says John Fernandez.


Johan Rockström is one of the world’s leading researchers on global sustainability issues. He led the development of the planetary boundaries framework and is an advisor to several governments and business networks. He is regularly consulted on sustainable development issues during international meetings, including the World Economic Forum, the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


The multi-award-winning fashion designer Bea Szenfeld, whose imaginative creations have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Björk, and Laleh, will speak about being disruptive in a creative industry. Bea’s iconic wearable paper sculptures have received international attention and have been showcased everywhere from the Eurovision Song Contest to museums and embassies. Bea works at the intersection of art and fashion, challenging the clothing industry with new ideas about circularity and identity. Over the past three years, she has collaborated with EU parliamentarian Alice Bah Kuhnke at the Elle gala.


Isabelle McAllister and Andreas Magnusson return as hosts. The program starts at 2:30 PM and ends at 6:00 PM in the festival’s VIP area. You need a VIP ticket to access the program. Have a regular ticket but want to attend? Read more HERE.


About Greentopia
Greentopia is the live industry’s initiative to accelerate the transition and harness the transformative potential of festivals and events. The climate program is organized by Svensk Live, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Föreningen LiveGreen, Göteborg & Co, and Way Out West.

See line-up here!