Sustainability Rocks 2024

Sustainability Rocks brings together the financial services industry's bands to battle it out for the highly coveted annual Sustainability Rocks Trophy.  

26th September 2024, Doors TBA
100 Club, Century House, 100 Oxford St, London W1D 1LL

What’s it all about?

Sustainability Rocks brings together the financial services industry's bands to battle it out for the highly coveted annual Sustainability Rocks Trophy.

This event is designed to raise funds for environmental/ecological charities by participants entering into a battle of the bands competition.

The entry fee, ticket sales and sponsorships will be donated by a tiered percentage contribution, highest percentage for the winner with the fourth band the lowest percentage.

Who is behind Sustainability Rocks

Sustainability Rocks is the brainchild of Will Oulton a sustainable investment expert with almost 30 years of experience in the investment services industry.

Today, he supports the industry though his advisory services. Will also belongs to 51st State, a financial services industry band that has been performing and raising funds for charities since 2017. The fun that the substantive 51st State following experience at gigs, brought to fruition the idea of bringing sustainable investing and music together.

The event will be managed by both Will and Rob Morgan, manager of 51st State and who has been integral to success of the band.   In addition, an Advisory Group will be created to ensure the event is managed and delivered with credibility and high quality.

Event information

How are bands selected to compete in the event?

Four bands will be invited to compete following a call for entries.  Should more than four bands apply, the Advisory Group will determine the bands that may compete based on ensuring a diversity of musical genres and styles.

How will the order of band performances be determined on the event night?

The Advisory Group will oversee a draw to determine the sequence of band performances on the night.

Who will judge the competing bands?

A Judging Panel of five individuals will be selected by the management team to determine the winning band on the night.  51st State will not be a competitor.

What are the costs and benefits for participating bands?

The application fee for entry is £500. Each entry will nominate their chosen charity and the winner will have the largest percentage of the tier donated to their chosen charity. The event's marketing and PR team will lift the bands profile through a dedicated promotion campaign.  

How long will each band perform during the event?

Each band will play for no longer than 25 minutes. There will be a 10 minute judging panel discussion between each set. At the end of the "Battle" the winner band will be presented with the winner's trophy and have the opportunity to highlight the significance of their chosen charity.

Who will host the event?

The event will be compared by a professional music personality.

Are there any other performances on the night?

51st State will perform at the opening and closing of the event.

Our host

Hosted by Claire Sturgess, Absolute Radio Rock DJ legendClaire started her radio career with the BBC in London. She presented the Radio 1 Rock Show at the height of the grunge era where she got to play Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains alongside rock stalwarts like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Motörhead. Also at Radio 1 she presented the weekly overnight show, weekend breakfast and weekend lunchtime shows, and was part of the Sony Gold Award winning team who put together U2's Zoo Radio broadcasts, while accompanying the band on their Zooropa European tour.

In 1997 she joined the launch team of alternative music station Xfm, presenting the afternoon show and later the award winning evening show. She remained at Xfm for over 10 years. She has also hosted daily shows on NME Radio.Claire's television career includes presenting Top of The Pops in the 90s, music show 'Inside Tracks' for BBC Three and the 'Metal Hammer Riot' for MTV2. She also wrote a monthly column for Metal Hammer magazine.

Running alongside her radio and TV work, Claire is a voiceover artist. She was the voice that introduced The Simpsons, Friends, The X-Files and ER in the early days of Sky One and is currently the announcer for Sky Movies. She has voiced major television advertising campaigns for Nivea, Gillette, Colgate, Pampers and Ariel and she can be heard on promos for ITV's Good Morning Britain and This Morning, BBC worldwide, TLC/Discovery Channel and on corporate videos for The Guardian.

About the 100 Club

London’s iconic 100 Club has been trading under the same name since 1964 and has put on live music since 1942 as the Feldman Jazz Club amongst other names, earning it the title of the oldest independent venue world wide.

Throughout the decades, the venue has championed all manors of ground breaking scenes including the blues of Muddy Waters and BB King as well as mod stylings of The Who and The Kinks in the 60s; the birth of punk with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees plus regular reggae sessions from Eddie Grant and The Mighty Diamonds in the 70s; the first ever Northern Soul All Nighter in the 80s; the indie explosion with early shows from Oasis and Suede in the 90s as well as key shows for artists such as The Horrors, Gallows and Kings Of Leon in the 00s.

Because of the club’s rich history, it has become an institution for intimate secret shows by major acts including Queens Of The Stone Age, Metallica, Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones, Blur, The New York Dolls, Desmond Dekker, Primal Scream, St Etienne, Mark Ronson, Chuck Berry, Paul Mccartney, Nas, Santigold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Toots And The Maytals, Plan B, Paul Weller and Spiritualized to name just a few.

The 100 Club also lends itself to comedy with special sold out performances from Simon Amstel, Adam Buxton and Stewart Lee.

The 100 Club is a five minute Elizabeth Line train ride from the City and easy to get to on the tube network. 

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Winner’s Trophy - Available

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Merchandising sponsorship  - Available

T-shirts, tanks and hoodies.
Further sponsors will be sought for additional opportunities related to the attraction and success of the event and to maximise the experience of participants and value for the charities involved.

Important details

  • The entry fee is £500 per band (maximum 4 bands will compete).
  • Each band will receive 10 tickets for their supporters, any additional tickets required will need to be purchased.
  • The proceeds for the event (after costs and expenses) will be donated to charity.
  • The winning band will receive the Sustainability Rocks 2024 Trophy and a recording on 7” vinyl of part of their live performance on the night. Band members will receive a 7” vinyl recording of one of their tracks performed on the night.
  • The winning band’s chosen charity must be environmental, biodiversity focused and will receive 20% of the pot, the other 3 bands 10%.  50% of the pot will be allocated to a lead charity partner to be chosen by the Sustainability Rocks Advisory Group.