Billie Eilish is preparing a solar-powered headlining set at Lollapalooza this weekend
The environmental non-profit Reverb has partnered with Eilish to bring solar-powered, intelligent battery systems for her headlining set at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Thursday, August 3rd, according to details shared with Digital Music News this morning. The zero-emissions battery systems that will partially power her upcoming set are supplied and managed by Overdrive Energy Solutions.
The batteries will be charged on-site via a temporary solar farm and will serve as a demonstration of what clean energy technologies can be embraced to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of live music’s greenhouse gas pollution.
The effort is part of the Music Decarbonization Project, founded by Billie Eilish. The partnership with Reverb will campaign to advance innovative climate solutions to directly eliminate carbon emissions created by the music industry. “The goal at Lollapalooza is to further prove clean energy technology’s ability to provide power to large stages and drive the music industry toward a future that is less reliant on highly polluting diesel generators,” the press release about the effort reads.
“We hope and believe this will be a watershed moment for the music industry,” adds Adam Gardner of Reverb. “There are real climate solutions available right here, right now. By showcasing this technology with one of the biggest artists in the world, on one of the most revered festival stages, we’re accelerating the necessary transition toward a decarbonized future, for music and beyond.”
Billie Eilish isn’t the only star worried about the carbon emissions of her touring efforts. She joins Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson among climate-conscious touring artists who want to make a difference while still entertaining their fans. Coldplay shared some statistics from their ‘Music of the Spheres’ Tour, which began in March 2022 and has sold more than seven million tickets.
66% of tour waste generated has been diverted from landfills, while the tour itself has produced 47% less CO2e emissions than Coldplay’s previous stadium tour in 2016-2017. They also partnered with One Tree Planted to add more than five million trees to the globe — one for each fan in attendance to their shows so far.
Much like Eilish’s system, Coldplay uses an electric battery system run on 100% renewable energy to power its audio, lighting, and lasers.