Overheated: Billie Eilish and mother “proud” to platform change makers at London climate event

Billie Eilish saluted a group of “amazing” collaborators as she introduced her Overheated local weather motion occasion again to London yesterday (30 August). Take a look at what went down under, together with our interview with Eilish’s mom Maggie Baird.

On the finish of a day of talks, Eilish joined audio system on stage – a spread of activists, innovators and thought-leaders – and mentioned: “This is so amazing. I’m just really proud I get to be a helping hand at all.”

Earlier within the occasion Eilish had joined her mom Maggie Baird to speak about her love of thrift buying and sustainable style.

A sold-out viewers of 500 folks and 1000’s of dwell viewers on Eilish’s YouTube watched a programme of talks themed round local weather motion.

Billie Eilish and panelists pose onstage throughout Overheated (Picture by Dave Benett/Getty Photos)

This was the second time Eilish and her collaborators have hosted Overheated within the capital, after the platform debuted throughout the singer’s run of exhibits at The O2 in June 2022 – a transfer that noticed one of many world’s hottest indoor live performance venues go vegan throughout the artist’s residency.

Eilish has been a long-term advocate for local weather motion – supporting campaigns by teams together with Music Declares Emergency and Reverb. Earlier this yr, Eilish appeared on the quilt of Vogue journal with a group of local weather organisers.

Flipper’s Curler Boogie Palace in west London was the venue this time. After the talks concluded, followers have been invited to curler skate. Elsewhere, plant-based meals was served to the group and followers might work together with grassroots local weather teams who’d be invited to arrange data stands.

And like final yr’s programme, Overheated introduced collectively an deliberately younger and numerous set of voices to debate a spectrum of climate-linked matters: from style to activism, meals methods to mental-health.

Hosted by broadcaster Abbie McCarthy, the occasion was co-presented by Assist + Feed – a not-for-profit organisation based by Billie’s mom Maggie Baird that takes motion for a worldwide shift to an equitable, plant-based meals system to fight meals insecurity and the local weather disaster.

The day opened with one thing of a curveball: a guided meditation led by musician and zen Buddhist monk, Brother Spirit.


Afterward, greeted by cheers from the group, Billie joined her mom on stage throughout the afternoon for a dialog about her ardour for pre-loved garments.

“I only thrift or do little vintage shops,” mentioned Eilish. “It’s just a lot more freeing. I really believe in rewearing stuff. Everything I’m wearing today I’ve worn before. I’ll rewear shit forever. I understand being insecure about it, but I just don’t believe in that. I think you should wear your clothes because they’re cute. That’s why you bought them. We have a washing machine, you can wash them!”

Eilish’s brother Finneas additionally appeared on the occasion through a brief recorded video message displayed on the screens – he welcomed attendees and defined he’d be there in particular person however was getting ready for his debut headline London present.

Maggie Baird speaks onstage during Overheated, a one-off climate activism event presented by Support + Feed and Billie Eilish at Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace on August 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Maggie Baird speaks onstage throughout Overheated (Picture by Dave Benett/Getty Photos)

Chatting with NME backstage, Maggie Baird mentioned: ““She [Billie] really does not like to be put in the role of an expert, she likes to shine the light on the people she thinks are experts. Having something like this… all kinds of people who know what they’re talking about. It’s like, ‘I’ll just give them my platform’.”

“We could do this [Overheated] with other artists in other cities and other venues and support their audiences and their communities. We’d like to keep this conversation and have a credible resource for people to learn about this.”

She continued: “Everybody knows the clock is ticking. The truth is, touring is in jeopardy. The music industry is in jeopardy. If you don’t do it now, you’ll be forced to do it in the future.”

Talking in regards to the tone of the occasion and the vary of invited audio system, Baird added: “It’s so important that people feel hopeful and excited. And know that their choices and actions matter.”

Earlier within the day Baird had interviewed the broadcaster Ade Adepitan on stage. “We are one family and right now our family is under attack,” remarked Adepitan throughout the interview, who offered the BBC TV documentary collection Local weather Change: Ade On The Frontline. “This about all of us. Climate change affects all of us.”

Baird added: “We need to remember, our planetary health is our health.”

Billie Eilish wears a No music On A Lifeless Planet t-short on the 2019 American Music Awards (Picture by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2019/FilmMagic for dcp)

The local weather justice activist, speaker and author Dominique Palmer was additionally one of many individuals who spoke to viewers, becoming a member of Julie’s Bicycle’s Local weather Justice Lead Farah Ahmed and activist Lauren MacDonald.

“A big focus of the panel was about how nobody is perfect. We are all imperfect. We don’t need 100 perfect activists, we need a million imperfect activists. We also spoke about all the different ways people can get involved,” she advised NME.

Palmer’s additionally a collaborator of ClimateLive – a youth led group to harness the facility of music to have interaction, educate and empower folks to take motion. The group – who journey to festivals in a shiny pink solar-powered double-decker bus – lately engaged and entertained followers at occasions together with Studying & Leeds, Sziget and Wi-fi.

“I honestly think that Billie and the whole team are leading this in the music space,” mentioned Palmer. “It’s a great example for other musicians and for the music industry to follow.”

Billie Eilish and her mother Maggie Baird hug onstage during Overheated, a one-off climate activism event presented by Support + Feed and Billie Eilish at Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace on August 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Billie Eilish and her mom Maggie Baird hug onstage throughout Overheated (Picture by Dave Benett/Getty Photos)

Delivering Overheated was one other vital milestone in per week of notable achievements for Eilish. This weekend, she turned the youngest ever headliner of Studying & Leeds competition.

In a four-star evaluate of her Studying set, NME concluded: “It’s a testament to her star power that a quieter final third can be received so well, even if a few casual fans are adamant that their chats are more important than what’s going on on stage. But when ‘Bad Guy’ and her magnum opus and closer ‘Happier Than Ever’, complete with fireworks, hit, not one person in the crowd appears focused on anything but Eilish. It’s not hard to imagine her joining this weekend’s other headliners like The Killers and The 1975 in having an open invite to return: after just two appearances, she’s already a Reading legend.”

Billie Eilish at Reading Festival

Billie Eilish at Studying Competition. Credit score: Andy Ford

Eilish then performed an intimate London gig at Camden’s Electrical Ballroom, the place she was joined on stage by particular friends boygenius and Labrinth. Her brother Finneas then performed the identical venue the next night, with Eilish watching on from the balcony because the producer debuted new materials.

In one other instance of local weather management, Eilish’s headline efficiency at Lollapalooza was majority powered by clear, renewable, solar-power.

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