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The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 3 – March to May 2022.

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    • 4.3 • 32 Ratings

The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 3 – March to May 2022.

    'Pause' – with musician + activist Fay Milton and journalist Greg Cochrane

    'Pause' – with musician + activist Fay Milton and journalist Greg Cochrane

    Time to reflect, but also look into the future: We've reached the final episode of this series of Sounds Like A Plan.

    During this season-ending podcast your hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane unpack some of the topics, guests and moments we've shared over the past 10 weeks. We thank all of our guests: from AURORA to Nick Mulvey, Jaspher Ewany to Nicky Hawkins, discussing themes as varied as making a carbon neutral album to offering vegan food at gigs.

    This episode also takes a look ahead, and plug you into some climate/music action happening in the coming months (more info and links below).

    Until next time we meet, thank you to all of our fantastic listeners. We hope you've got lots of inspiration from tuning in. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on events including those in Gunnersbury Park, London, this summer. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster. 

    Rex Orange County plays his only London show of the summer on August 13th. 

    https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/rex-orange-county-london-13-08-2022/event/37005C39E7E04F7A

    Rufus Du Sol, Jon Hopkins, Georgia and some of the best names in electronic music join forces for a show on Saturday 20 August. 

    https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/rufus-du-sol-london-20-08-2022/event/37005C3A92E44539



    Upcoming notable events in music and climate:

    Billie Eilish’s OVERHEATED at the O2

    https://www.imoverheated.com/

    Winner announcement of the Environmental Music Prize

    https://environmentalmusicprize.com/

    Glastonbury Festival – Leftfield line-up

    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/line-up-2022/

    Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres world tour reaches Europe

    https://sustainability.coldplay.com/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 24 min
    'Co-exist' – with AURORA, singer, songwriter and activist

    'Co-exist' – with AURORA, singer, songwriter and activist

    AURORA is one the leading voices when it comes to the topic of music, nature and our climate crisis. 

    Hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane met up with the Norwegian singer + songwriter in London to talk about the restorative power of nature, why she thinks activism needs to be reframed as "sexy" and how she's gone from feeling like an outlier discussing climate in music to feeling surrounded by community. AURORA also discusses her hopes for the future, including the role of individuals – "we don't all need to be Greta Thunberg" – and the type of world she would like to be writing songs about in 10 years time. 

    Before we leave, Fay and Greg will also share with you some recommendations (more info below). 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Electric Picnic, taking place at Stradbally Hall, Ireland, between 2-4 September 2022. Keep an eye on Ticketmaster for returned tickets.

    https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?aid=30690&user_input=electric%20picnic&q=Electric+Picnic&tm_link=tm_header_search



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    AURORA – The Gods We Can Touch 

    https://www.aurora-music.com/

    Green Events & Innovations conference 

    https://www.agreenerfestival.com/green-events-innovations-conference-gei/

    'The Climate Stripes' on the cover of Greta Thuberg's forthcoming book of essays 

    https://www.reading.ac.uk/news/2022/Research-News/Greta-Thunberg-book-warming-stripes



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Gabrielle Walker: What you need to know about carbon removal 

    https://www.ted.com/talks/gabrielle_walker_what_you_need_to_know_about_carbon_removal?language=en

    Greg recommends:

    TedxLondon's Climate Curious podcast 

    https://tedxlondon.com/podcast/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 48 min
    'Space' – with composer Max Richter and visual artist Yulia Mahr

    'Space' – with composer Max Richter and visual artist Yulia Mahr

    Studio Richter Mahr is a multi-arts space recently opened by world-renowned composer Max Richter and award-winning visual artist Yulia Mahr. What they call their "art factory in the wood". 

    20 years in the planning, the space is carbon negative and created with sustainability at its heart – initiatives include generating their own clean solar energy to a kitchen garden serving food in the on-site cafe.

    Max and Yulia speak to hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane about the design of the Oxfordshire studio, how they're opening it to emerging artists and the challenge of creating art that's themed around the climate emergency.

    As always, we'll also leave you with some recommendations.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Reading Festival, taking place at Richfield Avenue, between 26-28 August 2022. Weekend passes are now sold out, but keep an eye on Ticketmaster for any returned tickets which become available.

    https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/reading-and-leeds-festival



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Studio Richter Mahr official website

    www.studiorichtermahr.com

    For photos of the studio, check out our podcast Instagram @soundslikeaplanpodcast



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Heart Wisdom podcast, with Jack Kornfield

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heart-wisdom-with-jack-kornfield/id923017416

    Greg recommends:

    Billie Eilish's OVERHEATED event at The O2, London, June 10 onwards

    https://www.imoverheated.com/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 42 min
    'Power' – with Tim Benson, live music energy consultant

    'Power' – with Tim Benson, live music energy consultant

    Chances are you've probably not given much thought to the power supplying your favourite local venue or festival. It is, however, an area that's absolutely vital when it comes to live music forging a more sustainable future. 

    This week we're joined by live music energy consultant Tim Benson - Smart Power, ZAP and Powerful Thinking - to hear about where and how venues get their energy, the adoption of technology in live events and how measuring a production's electricity use is key to bringing down its environmental impact. He's also worked on Coldplay's current Music Of The Spheres world tour, and discusses their much-discussed kinetic dance floor and the transformative role sustainable technologies can play in creating culture change if they're incorporated into the audience experience at a concert. 

    Hosts Fay and Greg also leave you with some recommendations. More detail below. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Leeds Festival, taking place at Bramham Park, Leeds, between 26-28 August 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Tim Benson's work with Smart Power, ZAP and Powerful Thinking 

    https://www.agreenerfestival.com/speakers-gei13/tim-benson/

    Survey report: 'Music fans care more about climate change' 

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_849057_en.html

    Coldplay's kinetic dance floor 

    https://nypost.com/2021/10/14/coldplays-eco-friendly-tour-to-run-on-fans-dancing/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Climate of Change podcast with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy 

    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Climate-of-Change-with-Cate-Blanchett-and-Danny-Kennedy-Podcast/B09WFBG7SM

    Greg recommends:

    Live event: Sounds Like A Plan x Outrage + Optimism, The Podcast Show, London, Wednesday 25th May 2022 

    https://www.thepodcastshowlondon.com/speaker-line-up?&azletter=C&searchgroup=AE8A92A2-speakers



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 54 min
    'Commitment' – with In Hearts Wake's Jake Taylor, vocalist, film-maker and thrivalist

    'Commitment' – with In Hearts Wake's Jake Taylor, vocalist, film-maker and thrivalist

    Green Is The New Black is something special – a new, impact documentary film that follows the story of a band confronting their environmental impact, and, crucially, doing something about it. 

    The band are the Australian metalcore outfit In Hearts Wake, and this time on the podcast we're joining by the band's vocalist and director of the movie, Jake Taylor. Green Is The New Black follows their journey to make a carbon neutral album. 

    Jake joins hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane to walk about why the band wanted to share their story, the challenges of "carbon neutral recording" and the inspiring signals the documentary can send to the broader music community. 

    Before we sign off, Fay and Greg will also leave you with some recommendations [details below]. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Wilderness Festival, taking place at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, between 4-7 August 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.wildernessfestival.com/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Green Is The New Black trailer 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9NwCw9OF8Y

    Green Is The New Black – official website

    https://greenisthenewblack.film/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    No Music On A Dead Planet playlist on Spotify

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4dBO958KosdjNFQ1OzsqBA?si=4b717939c89445a9

    Greg recommends:

    REIMAGINING IBIZA – dreaming big 

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/1OnHXHUgtDq6OjpeRrN1J5?si=89a472d84c4d4d58



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 43 min
    'Feel-good' – with singer Pip Millett and vegan chef Rachel Ama

    'Feel-good' – with singer Pip Millett and vegan chef Rachel Ama

    As the dust settles, your hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane take a look back Earth Day 2022. It was an extraordinary one for music responding to the climate crisis – we take at look at some of the highlights. 

    Meantime, in our on-going pursuit to look at all the ways the music community is responding we welcome two guests onto this week’s episode: rising Manchester singer Pip Millett and vegan chef and YouTube star Rachel Ama. Together the friends are the co-creators for Pip & Rachel’s Vegan Food Truck, a project they brought to life at one of Pip’s concerts in 2022. That opens up a discussion about the rise of vegan food at gigs and festivals, and how food and music both play an essential role in our physical and mental wellbeing. How they both make us feel good. 

    As always, Fay and Greg also leave you with some recommendations.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Latitude festival, taking place at Henham Park, Suffolk, between 21-24 July 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Pip Millett’s latest single 'Ride With Me'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdadFmZWl5I

    Rachel Ama’s One Pot: Three Ways

    https://www.rachelama.com/new-page-31

    Rachel Ama's appearance in Seat At The Table

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxs_I_VnFrY

    Earth/Percent X Bandcamp campaign - 123 songs released for climate 

    https://earthpercent.bandcamp.com/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Bosh! – Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

    https://www.bosh.tv/book/bosh-the-cookbook

    Greg recommends:

    The Environmental Music Prize

    https://environmentalmusicprize.com/

    And… Edwina Flock from The Environmental Music Prize guesting on the Outrage + Optimism podcast

    https://www.outrageandoptimism.org/episodes/earth-day-special-the-environmental-music-prize-edwina-floch?hsLang=en



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Timmy p C ,

TC

Always a positive and energising attitude to a dire situation facing everyone on the planet. Great to hear of so many stories of people doing things with real impact. Highly recommend.

J.M.Ravioli ,

Not just Doom & Gloom

As crucial as it is to keep oneself informed about the climate crisis, it’s difficult when so much of what one hears is “well, we’re done for now” or “it’s solely damage control from here”. It’s refreshing to have an open, non-preachy discussion about the climate crisis, which is what this podcast provides. It’s also a unique take to examine the climate alongside music, and there’s (surprisingly, for me) sooo much to talk about. Thank you Greg & Fay for continuously educating us on this topic whilst also sprinkling a little hope that there’ll be music on an alive planet 🌿🎼

LCD’s Soundsystem ,

Best new podcast™️

Sounds Like A Plan is my new favourite podcast… informative, knowledgeable but in an easy to understand way, and hugely entertaining. Everyone should give it a listen, whether you have an interest in music or the climate crisis or not - but if you don’t care about the climate emergency, what’s wrong with you?!

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