News: Sustainability in Song at Somerset House

15th June 2016

This Saturday, 35 representatives from contemporary utopian movements from all over the UK will take up stalls and fill the …

This Saturday, 35 representatives from contemporary utopian movements from all over the UK will take up stalls and fill the courtyard of Somerset House in London, celebrating pockets of utopia that are flourishing around the country from Newcastle to Merthyr Tydfil, Sheffield to Scotland, Brighton to Doncaster plus a range of London sites.

When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday from UWS Creative Media Academy on Vimeo.

Along with partners, Creative Carbon Scotland will be making the journey to London with ‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Sustainability in Song’, an AHRC funded project, part of the Connected Communities Programme.

‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday’ examines how songwriting might help us to imagine the future in light of climate change concerns. It brings together musicians, climate change adaptation researchers, and civic movements such as Manchester a Certain Future, to explore how music can affect a wider cultural transition towards a more sustainable society.

The Utopia Fair will showcase the creative outcomes from the ‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Sustainability in Song’ project, led by University of West of Scotland researcher Jo Collinson Scott AKA singer-songwriter Jo Mango. This includes the installation of a short film showcasing the project and a live performance with singer-songwriters such as Scotland’s Louis Abbott, London’s Adem and Sheffield’s Craig B.

The project has been led by Jo Collinson Scott (UWS), Gemma Lawrence (Creative Carbon Scotland), Angela Connelly (The University of Manchester) and Matt Brennan (The University of Edinburgh), and features songs written by Adem, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Craig Beaton (A Mote of Dust) and Jo Mango. The film was made by WakeUpAdvice.

Interested in finding out more about sustainability efforts in the Scottish music industry? Read our Sustainable Music Festivals Guide created as part of the Fields of Green music festivals research project.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday’ please contact or alternatively follow us on Facebook at Creative Carbon Scotland or Twitter @CCScotland

Festival details:

Address: Somerset House, Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, London
Dates: 24 -26 June 2016
Times: Friday: 17.00-22.00; Saturday: 10:00-18.00; Sunday: 10.00-17.00
Free admission

Sustainability in Song is funded by the Connected Communities grant (Arts and Humanities Research Council), and supported by partners including University of West of Scotland, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, Creative Carbon Scotland, Manchester a Certain Future and Julie’s Bicycle.

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