Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker revealed as GEI keynote speakers

The artist and musician Brian Eno will return to GEI for the third time. Having previously headlined the event, he will this year share the stage with Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

GEI16 will feature EarthPercent Hour, which will include a keynote conversation with Eno, hosted by EarthPercent’s executive director, Cathy Runciman. Cocker will later take to the stage during this grand finale, to present his “Biophobia”.

Claire O’Neill, CEO of A Greener Future, said: “We are over the moon that Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker will bring such a special experience to the GEI delegates this year. GEI, since its inception, has been about uniting the live community and beyond to make a better world for all of us. This is why we love the work of our charity partner EarthPercent and can’t wait to experience and share what we have in store next month.”

Eno, a musician, producer, visual artist and activist, first came to international prominence in the early seventies as a founding member of British band, Roxy Music, followed by a series of solo albums and collaborations.

Eno is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth and a patron of Videre est Credere. In April 2021, he launched EarthPercent, which raises money from the music industry for environmental charities working on the climate emergency.

Cocker is a world-renowned musician and broadcaster from the north of England who formed the band Pulp while at school in 1978, going on to become one of the most successful British groups of the 1990s.

GEI16 takes place on February 27, 2024 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel London. A jam-packed programme will delve into the challenges of delivering green global events, from music to sports, with discussion topics such as transport, energy, food, equality, inclusivity & climate justice, contracts and sponsorship, set design & materials usage for circularity, and much more.